Business officials in Oregon and upstate New York are vying to bring "Project Azalea" to their own workers. Oregon Live suggests that Project Azalea is the code name for a factory that would fabricate semiconductors for Apple's iPhone and iPad.
The Business Review of Albany, New York recently obtained documents which describe a 3.2-million-square-foot semiconductor factory that would employ at least 1,000 people. That's a nice chunk of work that any city would welcome in such tough times.
It's believed that Oregon and upstate New York are competing to host Azalea's location. New York began pursuing similar contracts about 15 years ago, and secured GlobalFoundries Inc. in 2006, which employs 1,800 people. Of course, Oregon already has a stake in the chip industry with Intel.
Good luck to all parties, and may the best location win.