Don Reisinger for CNet:
Speaking to the Austin-based Statesman newspaper, Dave Porter, senior vice president for economic development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, said that the deal between the city and Apple is not done, and “remains in peril.” Porter went on to tell the newspaper that Apple is now “frustrated” with the recent developments.
Apple’s expansion of its Austin, Texas customer support operations was a big deal – the company plans to double its headcount and build new facilities. Texas governor Rick Perry has even mentioned it in speeches as an example of how Texas provides a business-friendly environment to big companies.
Some of the loudest noise opposing Apple’s deal with Austin is attorney and former judge Bill Aleshire, who called it a “sorry contract” and suggested that Apple had “rigged” the process in its own favor.