Hewlett-Packard

Idaho Statesman

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Hewlett Packard now has an eight year $180 million contract to get laptops into the hands of Idaho high school students and teachers.  This meets part of the requirements outlined in the Students Come First education laws. Tuesday's announcement comes two weeks before voters decide whether those laws will stay on the books.

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Every Idaho high school student and teacher will get an HP ProBook computer.

The state announced Tuesday that Hewlett Packard will supply the laptops required by the state’s Students Come First laws.

Hewlett-Packard confirmed today it will cut about 27,000 jobs, or 8% of its total workforce, by October 2014.   HP’s Boise operations employ fewer than 3,500 people.  HP execs say every business unit and region will be cut, but it’s unclear yet how many Boise workers may be affected.

A clever poster depicts the Boise area’s high-tech industry as clusters of galaxies.  At the center of one is HP.  Hundreds of stars orbit the HP galaxy, symbolizing businesses related to the company, or founded by ex-employees. 

Matt Rissell is cofounder and CEO of local tech company TSheets.  He also chairs the Idaho Technology Council’s Software Alliance.   Rissell says, "Because HP carries so much weight in the area - when they do something - when HP sneezes, you know, there is a ripple effect."