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"Big Bird" IBM flies in Dubuque

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - 1,300 jobs. That's what one company is promising for Dubuque. This morning IBM announced it's plan to open a new technology sevice delivery center in downtown Dubuque.

The plan would renovate the historic downtown Dubuque building -- our former Dubuque newsroom, and bring thousands of high paying jobs.

For the past few months rumors have been flying around dubuque about the future. And fate of this historic downtown building.

"So many people have spend so much time working towards this exact kinda of happening," said Mike Blouin, president of Greater Dubuque Development Corporation.

Dubuque is expanding it's global connections with Thursday morning's announcement of IBM bringing 1,300 high-tech jobs to Dubuque.

"Dubuque will become as a service center and sister center along with our centers in Brazil, in India, and China," Mike Daniels, Senior Vice President of IBM.

Along with several centers in the United States. It's a project known as "big bird"; it's code name for months. IBM plans place several hundreds here in Dubuque by summer; all 1,300 by 2010.

"After an exhaustive search we found that not only was the attitudes right in Dubuque and in Iowa but that we would have innovative access because of your education system, high education," said Daniels.

IBM's move is also expected to help boost the Warehouse District Revitalization plan and encourage more college students to stay in Dubuque.

Now that big bird has been released, only time will tell just how far this plan will fly.

"If in fact this project is big bird it resembles an eagle and I'm here to tell you folds, the eagle has landed," said Blouin.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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