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Intel selected Costa Rica because it offered a critical mass of technically qualified labor, “legal certainty”, that is, a lack of widespread corruption and violence, a working judiciary and an easy-to-understand political and legal system. Costa Rica also had other large global companies, reasonably developed infrastructure, quality of life sufficient to attract management personnel, and a compatible national work culture. From the viewpoint of the Costa Rican government, the Intel plant fitted nicely into a development strategy focused on attracting and growing local industries around leading firms from services, high-tech, pharmaceutical and other sectors. The government provided extensive tax breaks, ran new electrical lines and provided land for the new plant. ...

The company has extensive community relations and community development programs. It has agreements with the University of Costa Rica and two Technical Institutes to promote technical and engineering education (equipment, scholarships, exchanges) and underwrite the national science and technology fair. Intel has been extremely active in supporting local schools, creating school recycling and environmental education programs, supporting the local Red Cross, police and fire departments, and helping build an air quality monitoring station.

San Jose South

Its efforts thus far have earned its capital city a new name, "San Jose South," in a wistful nod to San Jose, Calif., the heart of Silicon Valley. Technology companies have plunked down hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments here. Among them are Taiwan's Acer Group, Microsoft Corp., Motorola Inc., DSC Communications Corp. and Sawtek Inc. Lucent Technologies Inc. is negotiating a deal for production facilities, according to government officials. From its new factory, Intel plans to export $1 billion in chips in its first year, scheduled to start this summer. That alone is about a third more than what Costa Rica earns from tourism.

The government's business pitch emphasizes that English courses are mandatory for all Costa Rican students. It is setting up a nationwide network of computer labs in high schools and universities. Costa Rica has a literacy rate topping 94%, an educated work force with 12,000 engineering students, and one of the highest rates of computer usage in the hemisphere after the U.S. and Canada

Costa Rican Investment Board lots of company names Harvard business guy guru for CR

Importatnt busniness school in Alajuela in CR (has ties to Harvard)

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