According to The Wall Street Journal, IBM is planning on opening a new remote computer-services center in Dubuque, Iowa. The center will assist CIOs and database administrators needing advice on fixing or updating their big server systems.
Iowa has gone to great lengths to attract IBM. The state offered "a $55 million package," which includes an $11.7 million loan. IBM will get $10 million from local community colleges for job training expenses for its employees. Moreover, the city is giving Big Blue a "very low lease rate," tax credits and a 20-year tax abatement.
All of this is contingent on IBM maintaining the 1,300 jobs it's promising. If those jobs stay in place for two years, the $11.7 million loan will be forgiven.
In other IBM news, the company plans to create up to 1,500 jobs over the next five years when it builds a software development center in East Lansing, Mich., reports Reuters.