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IBM Picks Dubuque Over Bloomington For 1,300 New Jobs

Last updated on Wednesday, February 4, 2009

(BLOOMINGTON) - So close, but no cigar. The City of Bloomington came in second place for an IBM data processing center that would have brought about 1,300 jobs to the campus town.

The Bloomington Herald Times reports IBM, instead, decided to locate the facility in Dubuque, Iowa, along the Mississippi River, in an old 1930s building that used to be a department store.

The sticking point was IBM's desire for a ready-to-go facility, while Bloomington officials, along with IU President Michael McRobbie and Ivy Tech Chancellor John Whilkehart were trying to pitch a build-to-suit setup.

While Bloomington has the advantage of Indiana University and Ivy Tech in town, Dubuque also has a number of campuses in and nearby, including the University of Dubuque and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, which is just 20 miles away.

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