#9 from 10: Intel expands in Oregon

In this year of depressing economic news (on levels of employment and investment within the United States, that is) – not a matter of things getting worse so much as of things stubbornly refusing to get better – the single biggest piece of business news in the Northwest in 2010 may have been a positive business expansion story.

Intel Corporation, whose largest operations (though not headquarters) long have been in Oregon, announced in the fall a massive expansion of its facilities at Hillsboro. Thousands of jobs are expected to appear in the next few years as a result of the billion-dollar expansion, which also signals a major boost to the area’s high tech operations.

Watching the tech buiness news in recent weeks, in fact, some of this already seems to be happening.

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