Boise-based Micron Technology CEO Steve Appleton joins CEOs in stimulus meeting with Obama

Zach Hagadone
The Idaho Business Review (Boise, ID)
January 28, 2009

Micron Technology CEO Steve Appleton joined business leaders and fellow members of the Technology CEO Council Jan. 28 in a meeting with President Barack Obama to express support for the economic recovery package moving through Congress.


The CEOs, representing firms including Google, Motorola, IBM, Applied Materials, Xerox and Eastman Kodak, met with the president for an hour and spoke specifically about a section of the package which would invest $40 billion in health care information technology, broadband and energy smart grids.


Micron spokesman Dan Francisco said the Boise-based memory chip maker has long advocated nationwide investment in technology development, but the economic recovery package - which was scheduled for a vote in Congress later in the day - would also benefit the company directly by increasing demand for its products.


"The digital infrastructure helps drive demand for our products," he said. "Laptops, PCs, servers... you name it, we have products that go into that infrastructure. "


The Jan. 28 meeting followed a gathering last week, at which the nine-member Technology CEO Council and more than 100 technology business leaders submitted a letter to Congress which said approving investment in the country's digital infrastructure would create nearly 1 million jobs this year alone.

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