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Intel formally announced Wednesday that the company will go ahead with plans to develop an advanced semiconductor plant in Chandler. The Fab 42 site will cost $7 billion and bring as many as 10,000 jobs to the state.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used the Oval Office as a backdrop Wednesday to formally announce the company’s $7 billion investment in a new chip plant in Chandler, a long-delayed project that is expected to create as many as 3,000 high-tech jobs in Arizona. Read more»

An Intel Arizona technician works in a wafer fabrication facility clean room in Chandler.

A national economic development expert says the Phoenix metro area shows promise when it comes to attracting science and tech jobs. A new Brookings Institution report ranks Phoenix 50th nationally in full-time workers employed by “advanced industries” out of 100 metro areas. Read more»

President Barack Obama reacts as Joey Hudy, then 14, launches a marshmallow from his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon during a White House science fair in 2012

Joe Hudy is not your average 16-year-old. The self-described “maker” from Anthem has been to the White House to demonstrate one of his inventions, has traveled the world to show off other creations and has landed an internship at Intel. All before graduating high school. But Joe said he was still excited to be back in Washington, invited to joinMichelle Obama to watch the State of the Union address. Read more»

Ron Carsten, former chief engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, told lawmakers that Arizona businesses need more job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills.

While executives said the standards will boost the number of job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills, they also urged lawmakers to provide funding to train teachers on implementation. All schools are required to use the standards by next school year. Read more»

Rachel Sutherland, communications and media relations manager for Intel Corp. in Arizona, said the company is on the lookout out highly skilled workers ready to work in increasingly technical manufacturing jobs.

Intel Corp.'s Ocotillo Campus is proof that the company is expanding and soon will be in the market for 1,000 workers to operate a $5.2 billion fabrication plant. The minimum calling card is a two-year technical degree or equivalent experience in areas like process design, automation software and packaging and assembly technology. Read more»

President Obama speaks at Intel's Ocotillo Campus in Chandler on Jan. 25.

President Obama has repeatedly and falsely claimed that “right now, we’re scheduled to spend nearly $1 trillion more” in tax cuts for the “wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.” That’s simply not true. Read more»

President Obama waves to the crowd at the Intel campus in Chandler on Wednesday. Obama was there to discuss high-tech job creation and tour the computer chipmaker's facility.

In the shadow of a $5 billion Intel plant being built in Chandler, President Obama said Wednesday that high-tech manufacturing can get the U.S. economy on track. He touted a simple plan to "build stuff, make stuff and sell stuff all over the world." Read more»

President Obama was met with a bit of an Old West showdown Wednesday when he arrived in Phoenix and was greeted by Gov. Jan Brewer with what appeared to be a terse exchange of words. Read more» 4

As Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, looks on, Gov. Jan Brewer touts the state’s efforts to promote business as part of the reason why Intel Corp. decided to invest $5 billion in a chip-manufacturing plant in Chandler.

Intel Corp.'s decision to invest $5 billion to build chip-manufacturing plant in Chandler is sign that making Arizona more enticing for businesses will pay off, Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday. A spokesman for the chip maker said the timing is coincidental. Read more»