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skeechan
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Meanwhile they don't employ anyone

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That was the answer for Local Ruckus LLC, which is opening its new headquarters in a 2,500-square foot home in the first neighborhood scheduled to receive Google Fiber service
There is no real economic benefit if they don't employ anyone locally. These service businesses don't (they're little more than telecommuting hubs) and unless they are selling certain services in state (as opposed to out of state clients), they don't even collect sales taxes. And given they don't have many local employees, they don't have many consumables (paper, toner, etc) which means they don't pay much in local sales tax either.

Don't get me wrong, it's certainly better than nothing, but it's hardly a Google fiber jobs boom. If a factory or software company employing a 1000 local people moves to town because of Google fiber...then F-N-A but I don't see that happening.

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It's about the long term impact. The goal is to nurture dozens to hundreds of startups and target 10% to take off. It's a lot cheaper for city govts to target this than try to bring in larger companies with big tax breaks or corporate welfare. Many companies start with one person. KC is already strong with entrepreneurial programs (Kauffman Foundation, UMKC) that help one person companies take off. Google fiber is an opportunity for another path.


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Long term, short term, neither will matter. REGULATORY/TAX conditions in the state and city are what are going to determine whether or not jobs show up.

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said by skeechan:

Long term, short term, neither will matter. REGULATORY/TAX conditions in the state and city are what are going to determine whether or not jobs show up.

Regulatory, tax, cost of housing, energy, ease of transport, public safety and quality of schools -> educated workforce all come together to inform whether a business might want to relocate.

You also have to have enough sizzle to attract the boss. If the boss doesn't want to live in Podunk, because you have no [insert favorite ethnic adjective] deli, or Mrs. Boss is scared of the locals, it ain't gonna happen.

Sprinkling Magic Google Dust on a zip code to boost internet speeds from 10M to 1000M ... simply does not rank. Most businesses simply don't need that type of bandwidth, and for those that might, its at the hosting sites.

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Which is why the local ecodev is going after small biz development rather than trying to entice large biz to move with massive incentives/corp welfare. KC metro already has about 3000 IT/tech shops, nearly all home grown. It's already considered high ranking in entrepreneurial development.

On a related tangent, there is rumor in KC real estate circles that Google is looking to buy the massive Sprint HQ campus in the KC area (Sprint is using only half). If true, perhaps Google is looking to base the fiber division in KC area. KC is already a top 10 telcom town and hit a list for a lot of Android developers, so is plausible.

»forum.kcrag.com/viewtopic.php?f=···le+rumor

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said by xenophon:

Which is why the local ecodev is going after small biz development rather than trying to entice large biz to move with massive incentives/corp welfare.

Who said anything about large biz?