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State dangles incentive to lure eBay jobs

Utah has offered online auction giant eBay an incentive worth as much as $1.7 million to entice the company to add up to 200 customer-service jobs in Draper.
The state hopes to capitalize on eBay's plans to close a 700-employee facility in Vancouver, British Columbia, and redistribute the work elsewhere.
If the company does take the incentive offer and expand in Utah, CEO John Donahoe said the state stands to get as many as 200 positions by the end of the year. He said all or nearly all of those positions probably will be local hires.
Since opening a customer-service location in Utah in 1999 with 200 workers, eBay has grown to a 1,100-employee operation in Draper.
"We've always found Utah to be a very business-friendly environment," he said. "We're pleased by the action today and we'll making the decision shortly," referring to the offer approved by the Governor's Office of Economic Development board.
Even if it decides not to add jobs in Draper, eBay already has another Utah expansion in the works. Last fall, the San Jose, Calif.-based company announced it would build a $334 million computer center in South Jordan in the Daybreak Commerce Park, a 250-acre, light-industrial development at 6801 W. Old Bingham Highway. Set to open in 2010, the facility would employ 50 people.
Donahoe said Utah's labor pool has suited the company well, adding that eBay has no trouble finding good employees here, which has kept turnover low. Original Article

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