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N.C. primed for mega tech backlash over Indiana-like bill

Patrick Thibodeau | April 2, 2015
North Carolina is considering "religious objection" legislation similar to Indiana, a move that could raise the stakes for the tech industry firms battling these laws.

North Carolina tech by the numbers

Percent workforce in computer & math jobs

2.4

Number of workers in computer & math jobs

104,887

Number of information systems businesses

10,000

Employees in infosystems businesses

75,219

   

Source: Esri 2014 Updated Demographics; Dun & Bradstreet, Inc

If tech firms continue with their advocacy, North Carolina could engender a response from an even broader segment of the tech industry. There's a long list of tech companies with operations in the state, including IBM and Red Hat, which employs about 7,100 people worldwide and is based in Raleigh.

The investment in data centers, thanks to the state's low energy costs and good electric grid, has been in the billions of dollars.

Apple built a 500,000 square-foot, $1 billion dollar data center in Maiden N.C. and recently filed plans to add offices to it, reported the Hickory Daily Record. Google has spent some $1.2 billion on North Carolina data centers since 2007 in Lenoir, N.C.

And Facebook has built a 300,000-square-foot data center in Forest City, N.C., costing about $450 million.

 

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