Apple to build Iowa data center, get $207.8 million in incentives

Tim Cook Apple will invest $1.3 billion in Iowa
Tim Cook Apple will invest $1.3 billion in Iowa
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25 August, 2017

Apple is reportedly planning to invest in a new data centre in the U.S. state of Iowa, becoming the fourth major technology company to put down roots in the area. The 400,000-square-foot center will be used to support iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services in North America.

The Statehouse event came a few hours after state and local officials had approved incentives to help land the project after a 20-month search process.

Apple said the project will generate more than 550 jobs in construction and operations, but did not specify how many of those jobs would be long-term positions.

"Apple has been searching for the ideal location and I am so proud to say that they found it right here in Iowa", Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said, noting the state's educated workforce, stable climate and low-priced, renewable energy.

The city council of Waukee, Iowa, a town with about 20,000 residents, is holding a special meeting Thursday to hear the public's opinion about a mysterious "Project Morgan".

The deal approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority includes a refund of $19.6 million in state sale taxes for Apple Inc. and a $188 million break on property taxes from Waukee, a booming suburb bordering Des Moines.

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Foxconn is a major Apple supplier, but is not expected to make any Apple products at its proposed US plant.

She defended the state's investments, telling reporters "these are credits, it's not a check" to attract a company willing to investment $1.4 billion in the first phase of a project that will boost Iowa's economy for the future.

The economic development board's chairman, Chris Murray, though said such projects bring people who build homes, generating tax revenue and causing other businesses to look into moving to Iowa.

The decision was lauded by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican.

In Iowa, Apple is expected to start construction early next year, and the center should be up and running by 2020.

"With a billion-plus investment, it will also create many spinoff and construction-related jobs", she said.


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