The last few days, I've been catching those hints in our papers about Google opening some server farms here. It sounds like the State's cut (or will cut) them a sweet deal, which is understandable when North Carolina is scrambling to identify itself in the brave new world of so-called "free trade" in the era of American post-industrialization.
A cynic might say that it's the economic equivalent of "Web 2.0" or something: we taxpayers state-wide contribute tax dollars (our content contribution), and all the world benefits by faster query result times ;)
There's nothing wrong with gaining a Google server farm, as theoretically that alone is a good thing for us, but we should keep things in perspective.
Recently "forest products" surpassed textiles as the State's leading industry, in terms of dollars and employment. While I am no economist, that seems to me a step in the wrong direction.