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Merck abandons $7M in grants for long-term IT hiring plan in Austin

July 03, 2019 / Kyle Blankenship

When Merck moseyed into the Lone Star State as part of a global IT restructuring, it pitched a robust hiring plan in exchange for nearly $7 million in tax breaks and grants. Now, after Merck pulled back the reins on its Austin plans, those incentives have dried up. Merck is walking away from incentive agreements with the state of Texas and the city of Austin after trotting back plans to invest $28.7 million and hire 600 full-time employees by 2023 at a new IT office at the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School. The pharma giant decided to abandon its long-term hiring plans due to “internal priorities and events over the last two years,” but it still plans to maintain the company’s location in Austin, according to Merck spokeswoman Pam Eisele. "I do not have any further details beyond this but can confirm that we continue to maintain an IT office in Austin," Eisele said in an emailed statement. Austin was one of four global cities targeted by Merck f...