There was a story on job creation as a bargaining chip on PBS radio recently. They concentrated on the Ford labor negotiations, but the larger point was that companies have all the leverage in those discussions. Globalization has handed them the keys to a disconcerting amount of power over governments.
I think Intel was asking Israel for $600 million towards an estimated total cost of $2.7 billion for a second fab module at Kiryat Gat. That is about 22 percent which is about the normal amount of incentive.
But Israel offered $290 million of which only half was for Kiryat Gat and the rest was for a chip assembly plant in the north of the country.
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.