Friday, March 18, 2011

Bay Cities Are Courting Berkeley Lab

The quest by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to find a site for a second campus has prompted cities around the East Bay to go to great lengths to outshine one another. Richmond prepared a five-minute video with uplifting music and heartfelt testimonials about what a great place it was to work. The Dublin City Council passed a resolution supporting the lab. The competition is fierce because the stakes are huge. A recent economic study showed that Berkeley Lab pumps $690 million into the Bay Area economy each year and spurs the creation of 3.3 new jobs for every full-time position. The second campus is expected not only to create hundreds of jobs but to spin off technology companies too. More>