Facebook Gets Permission to Expand Headquarters in Menlo Park
May 30, 2012 3:33 PM
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Menlo Park city council approved an environmental impact report and developmental agreement for a project that will bump the number of employees up to about 6,600
the green light to expand
its headquarters in Menlo Park, California to boost its head count over 6,000 employees.
Currently, the social network has 2,200 employees in Menlo Park. But yesterday, the Menlo Park city council approved an environmental impact report and developmental agreement for a project that will bump that number up to about 6,600.
All five city council members voted yes at the meeting last night.
"The bottom line is that we have a development agreement with Facebook that we're excited about," said Kirsten Keith, mayor of Menlo Park. "We're excited to have Facebook as our neighbors. I am pleased with what we have come up with."
Facebook will pay Menlo Park $850,000 per year for a 10-year period to cover the impact of the additional workers. It will also pay a one-time fee of over $1 million for capital improvements.
In addition, Facebook plans to establish a $500,000 community improvement fund, high school internship programs and job training seminars.
The social giant is also looking to build a new campus, which is a 22-acre site across the Bayfront Expressway. The site is to include could include five new buildings total, and it will be connected to the current Menlo Park campus via an underground crossing. Both campuses combined will likely have around 9,400 employees, and it should be complete in 2014.
All of the new changes to Menlo Park have concerned neighboring cities like Atherton, which said traffic at intersections could be an issue with all of the new employees. Both cities are currently in talks trying to come up with an agreement. Facebook offered suggestions such as employee carpool options.
Expanding its headquarters isn't the only big news Facebook has revealed recently. The social network launched the largest IPO in history this month, which valued the company at over
. Facebook also announced that it plans on creating
its own smartphone software
by next year and may
purchase Opera Software
for $1 billion.
The Los Angeles Times
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5/30/2012 5:49:45 PM
Doubtful on the patent thing I'm pretty sure just selling the product in TX means you can be sued there.
That being said the more likely candidate is climate and other costs. There are certainly shipping benefits from being close to the coast and big ports. Plus arguably the labor pool is "better" in that CA has a physical proximity to a higher number of legal tech savvy Asian workers. Argue what you will, but a good % of tech savvy programmers come from India/Pakistan/Japan/China and CA has a higher % of that population.
5/30/2012 6:05:49 PM
The patent cases are handled in the U.S. District of Eastern Texas. It's a federal court.
What sort of shipping needs does Facebook have? In any case, Texas is #1 in exports and 2nd to CA in imports.
There are sharp programmers in more than stereotypical places. (India and Pakistan, really?) Eastern Europe and Russia to name a couple more. In any case, there's plenty of programming talent in Texas and companies know it.
6/1/2012 9:32:25 AM
I don't disagree with any of your points. I'm a proud Texan myself and we do have great people and resources here. However I do acknowledge the OP's point that CA certainly has some appeal or businesses would not continue to be there. I think they are shooting themselves in the foot in the long run, but for now there is certainly a large number of tech companies still headquartered in CA.
And maybe I should have said, dirt cheap tech savvy workers :)
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