Apple Officially Announces New Iowa Data Center

Key votes come Thursday for Waukee Apple data center

The data center will cost $1.3 billion and will bring with it about 550 construction and operations jobs to the area. "Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we're proud today's investment will add to the more than 10,000 jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community".

The data center will run on 100 percent renewable energy.

Apple is reportedly planning to invest in a new data centre in the USA state of Iowa, becoming the fourth major technology company to put down roots in the area.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa approved a deal Thursday to give Apple $208 million in state and local tax breaks to build two data storage centers near Des Moines and to create at least 50 jobs - a pact that critics quickly panned.

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook is expected to travel to Waukee to officially announce the project this Thursday afternoon, according to state officials.

Apple expects the data center to be up and running in 2020. "At Apple we admire what you guys have accomplished and we want to be a part of it". Along with splurging on the data center, the company will also create a $100 million public fund to improve infrastructure in the area.

In addition to the state incentives, Waukee will consider a 20-year tax abatement worth $188 million.

The Iowa data center will join Apple facilities in California, Nevada, Oregon and North Carolina, which also host services such as iCloud, Apple Music and the App Store.

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"The City of Waukee is excited to be selected for this project", Mayor Peard said.

Reynolds, speaking briefly to reporters after the announcement, defended the use of the state's $19.6 million in tax credits at a time when the state budget shortfall that may require a special legislative session to address, saying it's a minimal investment for the return Iowa will get.

"They say we should go to Iowa because we have these epicenters there. This is an investment in Iowa's future".

Reynolds cited research that shows economic benefits from data centers on Thursday.

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Tina Hoffman, spokeswoman for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, told The Washington Post that building the project will bring more wealth to the community.

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