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Story by Gordon Grearson - The Oregon Herald
Published on Friday February 18, 2011 - 8:58 AM
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Hillsboro, Oregon - Today President Obama will name Intel CEO Paul Otellini to his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Otellini has been a critic of Obama's economic policies but will now serve as an economic advisor.

The announcement is scheduled to come when Obama tours Intel's semiconductor facility in Hillsboro, similar to GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt's move to head the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Obama plans a stop today to tour Intel's campus in Hillsboro to discuss company's ideas to encourage young people to become engineers and scientists. He said his administration needs improved relations with business, and has now called for an equal effort to find more jobs and help the economy.

Otellini has questioned the way Obama's administration has approach efforts to help the economy grow. In September Otellini said the current stimulus program was ineffective. "Swimming pools in Mississippi are not going to create lasting jobs," he said.

The announcement comes as Obama arrived on a two-day visit to Oregon and the West Coast. Yesterday, he met with several technology executives, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

After the meeting, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "The president specifically discussed his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire, along with his goal of doubling exports over five years to support millions of American jobs."