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Samsung Could Be First of New Wave of Semiconductor Investments in Central Texas

on December 08, 2021

A recent announcement by Samsung is set to bring a new wave of semiconductor investments in Central Texas. The company announced that it will be expanding its Austin-based operations and opening an advanced development center, which will put the region on the map as one of the top places for semiconductor research and design in America. Samsung has announced that it will be building a new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, with production predicted to start as of 2022.

Congressmen McCaul and other officials were quick to praise Samsung for their big investment in the United States. They believe this is just another example of how Texas can be at home with global companies, especially when it comes down do technology innovation like semiconductors manufacturing which has been growing exponentially lately due largely from China's decline as an economy."

In 2020, McCaul worked with other members of Congress to introduce the CHIPS for America Act. The bill named after him would help make more electronic components like semiconductors and microchips which are vital in many everyday devices from our cars' engines or smart phones!

When asked what you have to day about Samsung choosing Taylor, he said: "Central Texas is greatly benefited by Samsung's selection of Austin as the location for its new campus. This expansion will bring more jobs and opportunities to our area, which has been struggling lately due in part from lack or industry specialization. I know they were looking at Arizona But what makes sense? The CHIPS Act that I introduced with John Cornyn playing bipartisan leadership really helped lay down some foundation work when it comes these kinds of expansions happening across America today. I think you're going to see a lot more money coming into this town. Intel just got their CHIPS for America authorized on the National Defense Authorization [for fiscal year 2021] which means they'll be spending even more dough here in our little corner of Texas! And I'm sure it won't surprise anyone that there are other companies who want their share too-you know how these chip makers always need new facilities or else risk losing business because someone can beat them at whatever game makes sense next time around."

He further told: "Intel, IBM and many other companies are looking at a $20 billion investment in the Austin area. This is great news for our national security because it will keep these high-tech industries thriving here at home!. I'm so optimistic because in this town, where people's opinions are all over the place and they tend not to see eye-to-eye with each other very often; what we have here is one of the most bipartisan bills. This has real potential for impact on our country both economically as well as national security wise. It's been a long time since we've had something this important supported by all parties, not just one side. I introduced an idea with my friend from Silicon Valley and it got support not only from Nancy Pelosi but also John Cornyn here in the House; he is senior leadership right now so that tells you how serious this problem has become for us as Americans!

He added; "Chuck Schumer was recently at the White House, meeting with President and other heads of state to discuss how we can help American companies grow. They discussed new policies that will promote growth in manufacturing facilities like Global Foundries are realizing on their own through increased investment from government sources such as tax cuts or public funding for projects they would otherwise have no chance seeing done without it! I'm very excited about this development because when you look back over history there's never been more reason than now why our country needs an excellent science & technology workforce equipped both academically but also professionally- able enough not only work inside traditional walls. 

I think we're going to get a lot of things accomplished this year. The most important thing is that the tax incentives for defense related spending will be passed through reconciliation, and then once they are finalized in November or December I'm sure there's plenty more where those came from!

I believe passage on these bills should come as no surprise because both Republicans have voted consistently against anything relating with taxes during negotiations when past agreements were made between Congresses before President took office so he knows how much trouble presidents Clinton- Bush ran into trying pass legislation due solely by who had control over one chamber alone at any given time.

How does this impact the short-term future for other investments?

Rep. Michael McCaul: Well, you know their original operations are in my district of Austin. They expanded just north-of here and created 17 billion dollars worth or investment with Intel being around 20 Billion as well! There is a lot of optimism in the technology industry, especially because Texas has become one of America's leaders. Austin and other cities like it will soon be home for many new start-ups who want to relocate out west because they know this area offers great opportunities with its high literacy levels as well educated workforce. It also helps protect us from potential enemies by providing jobs that can't easily migrate overseas during wartime conditions due trade restrictions; plus these companies contribute greatly back into our economy through taxes or private investments which provide revenue streams not seen before

The Central Texans have really stepped up their game when you think about innovation doesn’t happen overnight but over time so there shouldn't be any worries. Now these chips are the brains in everything from your phone to some of the most advanced weapons systems. When we saw China fire off an hypersonic missile – that is more advanced than what we have and can't stop it with our missiles defenses, which means they're going after technologies created right here where anyone could compromise them like hackers or foreign governments who want access for their own purposes (perhaps nefarious!). The launch was really just a wake up call--I think now's time us Americans need make sure all those great ideas made possible by American hard work stay on ours' shoulders instead!

When former National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien came to me with his idea of moving Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company out off the island, where 90% or these advanced chips were made in a move that would help promote America's economy by saving jobs here at home; I couldn't say no. I spoke with a number of prominent government figures and industry leaders, including former secretaries WilburRoss and Mike Pompeo. I discussed how we can work together in order to help the country grow its semiconductor sector- whether through investment or expansion into foreign markets like China where they have growth potentials that ours do not possess at this time due to protectionism preventing access by US firms which puts them at disadvantage against competitors from elsewhere around world who don't face such restrictions on commerce (i). In addition ,the act provides incentives designed specifically for our friends across transnational borders: The "CHIPS For America" draft legislation creates tax credits & other measures intended.

Is that, is that within the realm of possibilities that whether it's a town, a county, et cetera, goes too far with incentives where it maybe doesn't help as much as they hope it does?

Rep. Michael McCaul: Well, I think it is very good for the economy. The largest tax receipts in Travis County come from Samsung Austin factory and their employees contribute greatly to our county's revenue as well with jobs being created by this company that provides wages which means more money coming into your pocket each month than what you would have otherwise made if they weren't there at all!.

I do agree though - we're trying something new here; industrial-based economics isn't really normal anymore because China has thrown off nearly 1 trillion dollars worth of digital trade over recent years while we've been focusing on traditional manufacturing types like carmaking or oil refining etc., but nonetheless. I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty creative of them to create such an incentives program. Advanced semiconductor chips are essential for our national security apparatus and defense systems- they have a lot invested in this company!

The COVID project has helped to illustrate how we're increasingly reliant on key resources like rare earth minerals and advanced semiconductors. I don't know about you, but this makes me nervous because it means that if there was ever an attack against our country's supply chain or critical infrastructure then they would be able take out many different types of businesses with ease!  I think most people agree--we need better protection for these sensitive items so competitors can’t get their hands on them either through sabotage (supply chain) as well as attacks from other countries who want access in order make life harder here at home while also hurting business opportunities abroad

Did you work closely with Congressman John Carter (R-Georgetown) about this as well, just at least, you know, provide additional background information, given your knowledge base?

Rep. Michael McCaul: He's the beneficiary of Taylor and new expansion. And I could talk about how that all came to be, but yeah- he chairs House Appropriations Committee which will make him very influential in this $52 billion grant program passing through his committee eventually. There's also a conference committee I'm on that involves what's called the Endless Frontiers and is part of my job as chairperson for Science & Technology in Senate. The CHIPS act was passed, which could be one way to fund this grant program; however there needs more time before passing tax incentives permanently because they are important too! This will be an important step in helping to create cutting-edge science and technology that can provide a competitive edge for our economy. And it's also going help keep us one step ahead of other countries who are trying to steal away those jobs by offering subsidies!

It's a whole rural community that's going to be reaping the benefits of this. How far do you see those benefits stretching?

Rep. Michael McCaul: The economic benefits of this project are going to be huge, I can tell you that much. The company has already indicated they plan on expanding into Travis County and Austin which will create more jobs for us here in Central Texas! We got a better offer from our northern neighbor so we had no choice but accept it though disappointingly enough there's still plenty for everyone who lives or works around these parts thanks largely due their hard work over time with diversifying industries like agriculture too--we'll always remain grateful even if just by living close together rather than being separated any further apart perhaps forever.

The announced approval of a $5 billion investment by Intel is just the beginning. The largest foreign direct investment in US history, it will help bring many more jobs and opportunities for locals to Austin - not only with their fabrication plants but also as employees at Micron's semiconductor factory which has been confirmed plans on moving here too!

The infrastructure bill that passed in the Senate, how does that play into building around [Samsung]?

Rep. Michael McCaul: I'm sorry, but I think you're misunderstanding the function of Congress. We are not supposed to be spending our money on anything else besides what it was originally intended for- infrastructure improvements in Texas and district repairs! It's a shame that this Administration has been wasting away tax payers' hard earned cash without any regard as if they were personally stealing from us one hundredfold with each wastefulness stroke-- but rest assured Taylor won't suffer long at least not until next election time when he can get back into office again using all those very same funds which were previously wasted by another President before him. I think Samsung is going to put a lot of money into this as well. They're already helping with educational programs and infrastructure development, but I'm sure they'll be glad when we finally get around to passing that bill too! Austin needs all the help it can get- our roads are in need of some improvement if you ask me." I'm going to work with my colleagues in this area and get that money back for Austin. You know, we need more infrastructure so traffic doesn't have a hard time getting around town!

Is there anything, anything else you wanted to add about Samsung's announcement last week? 

Rep. Michael McCaul: I think you'll see that Austin is already at the technological hub and I want to focus on how California companies are expanding into this area. It would make sense for it become more than just a technology center, but also an electronics manufacturing center with capabilities in Semiconductors which could help us keep up with other nations' advancements as well!

 

 

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