You may recall that President Obama’s recent State of the Union address contained a fair amount of tech talk, calling for increases in research and development investments, clean energy initiatives, and innovation across the telecommunications sector.
ABC News is reporting that Obama is scheduled to meet with various business leaders in San Francisco tonight, many of whom run big tech companies according to ABC’s sources.
Three of the bigger names: Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. I can almost personally guarantee that Zuckerberg won’t dress up for the meeting. Jobs might not either. Schmidt will be in a suit, shirt tucked in, hair nicely combed.
After these titans of industry meld minds with Obama, the president will jet off to Hillsboro, Oregon to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for Intel’s newest fabrication plant. This “next-next-generation facility,” says CNET, will specialize in building processors so small and advanced that production won’t even begin until 2013.
Hoping to compete with rival manufacturers in Asia, Intel has said it will spend between $6 billion and $8 billion on its facilities in Arizona and Oregon. Obama’s presence at tomorrow’s groundbreaking has been explained by the following official White House statement:
“Intel has committed to investing more than $6 billion in their U.S.-based manufacturing facilities to support future technology advancements in Arizona and Oregon, creating more than 6,000 construction jobs and more than 800 permanent high-tech jobs. The meeting is a part of our ongoing dialogue with the business community on how we can work together to win the future, strengthen our economy, support entrepreneurship, and get the American people back to work.”
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