LINCOLN -- Lincoln has come in second to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for a large IBM operation, losing out on nearly 1,000 jobs. On KFOR's Lincoln Live, Mayor Beutler characterized the IBM offer in the West Haymarket area as, quote, "a huge deal...this was as good as it gets", end quote. The mayor said all the IBM jobs would have been high paying, high tech jobs. Beutler speculated the reason IBM went south is because Southern states are extremely incentive-oriented and offer more on the local level. Their economies aren't as strong so officials are prepared to give more incentives up front. The mayor expects to know in the next few weeks exactly why IBM didn't select Lincoln.