Apple Officially Announces New Iowa Data Center

Apple Officially Announces New Iowa Data Center

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. The company will receive a $19.65 million investment tax credit for creating 50 jobs. The new Public Improvement Fund, to be established and managed by the City of Waukee, will support the development of community projects like parks, libraries and recreational spaces, as well as infrastructure needs.

"For the past 20 months, Apple has been searching for the flawless location, and I am so proud to say that they found it right here in Iowa", Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday.

It will get $208 million in state and local tax benefits, according to The Associated Press. The 400,000-square-foot center will be used to support iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services in North America.

The bulk of the subsidy is a planned $188.2 million property tax abatement of 71 percent over 20 years provided by the city of Waukee, according to economic development officials. "This puts Iowa on the world stage".

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

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"Every day they make it possible for Apple users to send tens of billions of messages, to save more than a billion photos, and to place tens of millions of Facetime video calls", Cook said.

Similarly to its other hubs, Apple plans to power the data centres by using 100% renewable energy. "This is an investment that will continue to pay dividends way beyond today".

Tina Hoffman, spokeswoman for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, told The Washington Post that building the project will bring more wealth to the community. "And as you look at the age demographics and the growth of Iowa, I think it's really hard to challenge the fact there are ancillary growth benefits from making an investment like this", he said.

Construction will start in early 2018 and the data center is expected to be online in 2020.

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

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