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Intel president and chief executive officer Paul Otellini on Tuesday announced a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries and detailed a commitment to significantly increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates. Mr. Otellini himself called the initiative "Rebuilding the Foundations of American Growth” and Intel will lead the Invest in America Alliance.

The Invest in America Alliance, led by Intel and supported by many leading venture capital firms and corporations, aims to further anchor the nation's competitiveness on the global stage. It serves as the private sector's complement to existing state and federal job creation programs through long-term investment in industries and talent poised to produce the next breakthroughs in technology innovation.

The Alliance is a two-pronged effort. The first includes a commitment from Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, and 24 venture capital firms to invest $3.5 billion in U.S.-based technology companies over the next 2 years. These investments, which include a new, $200 million Intel Capital Invest in America Technology Fund, will target key innovation and growth segments such as clean technology, information technology and biotechnology. Joining Intel in this effort is Advanced Technology Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Bridgescale Partners, Canaan Partners, DCM, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Flywheel Ventures, Good Energies, Institutional Venture Partners, Investcorp Technology Partners, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, North Bridge Venture Partners, QuestMark Partners, Sevin Rosen Funds, Storm Ventures, Telesoft Partners, Updata Partners, U.S. Venture Partners, Venrock and Walden International.

In addition, the Invest in America Alliance also includes commitments from 17 technology and other corporate leaders to increase their hiring of college graduates, some by as much as two times, to create the products and provide the services of tomorrow. Companies joining Intel in this pledge are Accenture, Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Broadcom Corp., CDW, Cisco, Dell, eBay, EMC Corp., General Electrinic, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Liberty Mutual Group, Marvell Semiconductor, Microsoft Corp., and Yahoo!.

Other venture capital firms and corporations are expected to join the Invest in America Alliance with investment funds or hiring goals in the coming weeks and months.

Today's announcement follows Intel's commitment last year to invest $7 billion to upgrade its U.S. manufacturing facilities that are now producing the most advanced semiconductor technology in the world. This investment also supported 7000 high-wage, high-tech manufacturing American jobs and more than 4000 contract jobs for technicians and construction workers in Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon.

Clean technology, information technology and biotechnology are vital segments of the emerging U.S. economy and important for global competitiveness. The $3.5 billion commitment from Intel Capital and leading venture capital firms will help create jobs in current market segments and also in newer industries such as molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics, electric vehicle ecosystem and wireless infrastructure.

Of the companies joining Intel in a commitment to significantly increase hiring of college graduates in 2010, many will be doubling graduate hiring over 2009 levels. In total, this represents 10 500 jobs for graduates to be hired for a range of positions. While the new jobs will largely be for those with engineering and computer science backgrounds, positions available also include financial analysis, marketing, management consulting, sales and other business skills in the majority of states across America. The hiring at these companies extends beyond those now graduating. For example, Intel's overall hiring plan for the year includes graduates and other experienced hires.

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