Fair Isaac moving its HQ back to California

  • Article by: JENNIFER BJORHUS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 8:29 PM

Credit-score firm will keep 275 workers in new Roseville offices.

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jcinmnJan. 4, 1311:26 AM

"The company, which just moved its Minneapolis office to Roseville, confirmed Friday that it is shifting its headquarters to San Jose, saying it wants to be close to technology talent." Thank You Tim Pawlenty and the for your contribution to this move. Starving public education, the Minnesota College system and the U of M has made us a tech also ran.

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cheiron55402Jan. 4, 1311:51 AM

I find it interesting how the economy of California is reported to be teetering on the cliffs of bankruptcy, yet businesses are bee-lining to relocate there.

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tommybombaJan. 4, 1312:16 PM

The only reason this companies headquarters are moving to CA is because that is where the CEO lives. Look at other corporate headquarter moves. They almost always move to where the CEO lives. The rest of the reasons are the usual corporate bs.

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clnorthJan. 4, 1312:31 PM

"Starving public education, the Minnesota College system and the U of M has made us a tech also ran." Starving. Have you ever looked at the state budget. Saying Tim Pawlenty starved education is like saying Honey-boo-boo's mom starves her.

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xyz123qJan. 4, 1312:34 PM

jcinmn.....the rate of growth of spending on education while Pawlenty was in office increased in every one of his budget cycles. Educational spending even increased in the last budget cycle under the largest budget in the history of the state. Sad when Dayton and the liberals in this state loose out to California and federal tax breaks considering California state taxes are among the highest in the nation if not the world. However good to see the liberals are no longer blaming Bush.

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jpryceJan. 4, 1312:44 PM

Where are all the comments stating MN chased away another business due to high taxes and an unfriendly business climate?

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sixhertzJan. 4, 13 1:02 PM

FICO moving solved problem of: 1. Getting out of cold weather? Check. 2. Getting a better market for talent? Check. 3. Escaping higher taxes? Break-even, probably. And while the CEO is based out of CA now, he was CEO of VVTV prior to his role at FICO (based in Eden Prairie). So it's likely a move to a better talent pool that was indeed the main driver. Regardless of your politics, California attracting a company's HQ out of Minnesota should set off alarm bells in St. Paul. It's not like MN attracts businesses because of our mild winters and low tax climes.

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swschradJan. 4, 13 1:14 PM

FICO moves the head office around like they're dodging the sheriff. what's their score? somebody get me a Dun on FICO...

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scenic61Jan. 4, 13 1:26 PM

Interesting. I have several coworkers that are located in California and all I've heard from them the last year or so is how many companies are bailing out of there. I think the Strib actually ran an article recently about all the companies fleeing California's toxic business climate. Nice weather must indeed trump sound busines practices. Go figure.

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ranger78Jan. 4, 13 5:12 PM

Yup, MN loses another nice company with good paying jobs. I wonder why?

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