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Apple agrees to build new data center in North Carolina

Apple has chosen to build a new data center in North Carolina that will inject a local economy with new jobs and excitement, as the company prepares for its first east coast data center.  The Cupertino-based company will likely invest more than $1 billion towards the new data center through 2018.

"North Carolina continues to be a prime location for growing and expanding global technology companies," Perdue said in a statement.  "We welcome Apple to North Carolina and look forward to working with the company as it begins providing a significant economic boost to local communities and the state."

The announcement follows Perdue's signing of a new North Carolina bill that alters corporate income tax liability, which will give Apple a $46 million state tax credit.

The Apple North Carolina facility will have up to 50 full-time employees once construction has been completed, the press release said.  Several locations are under consideration, with construction expected to begin immediately after Apple is able to find a suitable location.

In an agreement between Apple and the county, the average wage of employees at the facility must be higher than the standard wage in the county.  A $1 billion investment over nine years could help 3,000 jobs in the area, as construction contractors receive plans for the data center.

Cleveland and Catawba counties have been rumored as potential locations for the site, though Apple and state officials have remained silent.  The actual use of the data center and its size also remains a mystery, and probably won't be disclosed until construction begins.

Apple already has a 107,000 square-foot facility located in Newark, California.

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State sponsored socialism
By dreddly on 6/5/2009 7:50:53 AM , Rating: 0
$46 million for 50 people?

The billion dollar investment also sounds dubious, and the bulk of these jobs are going to be short term construction - building a building that may or may mot be useful after apple makes a snap decision to close the data center and ship the jobs elsewhere.

Lawmakers should be passing laws that restrict the ability to give these corporate bailouts for 50 jobs. If the market can't support 50 jobs, the community shouldn't have to pay for it.

RE: State sponsored socialism
By Zstream on 6/5/2009 8:09:42 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, this makes little sense. The average injunction of cash is 920,000$ for each employee.... *sigh*

RE: State sponsored socialism
By oTAL on 6/5/2009 8:10:07 AM , Rating: 2
It's a tax credit and not subsidy.
Not that I agree with it.......

RE: State sponsored socialism
By Zstream on 6/5/09, Rating: 0
RE: State sponsored socialism
By therealnickdanger on 6/5/2009 8:16:19 AM , Rating: 4
It's not just the 50 tech-jobs, but the *potential* for 3,000 other jobs related to the construction process during the first year or so of construction. But not only that, since the bill would apply to any and all corporations seeking lower taxation, having a big name like Apple may spark interest from other corps and bring even more jobs to the state. Since the government (local, state, and fed) has put itself in the position of taxing all manner of income, only it has the ability to offer tax-related incentives like this. It takes de-regulation to bring growth.

Corporations (i.e.: jobs) thrive on lower taxes. Gee, whoda thunk?

RE: State sponsored socialism
By therealnickdanger on 6/5/2009 8:19:29 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, and socialism would be the government FORCING Apple to build, FORCING certain wages, FORCING the products being made, etc., then taking the profits (if there are any) and taking a massive chunk for itself then dividing up what's left to everyone else.

RE: State sponsored socialism
By GaryJohnson on 6/5/2009 2:17:08 PM , Rating: 2
Actually socialism would be the government building the datacenter and paying the employees with food (and other necessities).

By therealnickdanger on 6/6/2009 11:42:26 AM , Rating: 2
LOL true! I guess I'm not prepared to think that pessimistically yet. ;-)

RE: State sponsored socialism
By Mitch101 on 6/5/2009 11:03:24 AM , Rating: 1
the *potential* for 3,000 other jobs related to the construction process

This is great news for all the illegal immigrants.

By ClownPuncher on 6/5/2009 3:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
Stop employing them, problem solved.

RE: State sponsored socialism
By AlexWade on 6/5/2009 8:59:49 AM , Rating: 2
I've said it before and I'll say it again: my state is a big business whore. They put out for Dell even though it would take several decades to earn the money back from the taxes on employees. And there are many other examples to, all with the same effect.

RE: State sponsored socialism
By AntiM on 6/5/2009 10:02:25 AM , Rating: 2
The 50 jobs that will be created are irrelevant. A billion dollar construction project is significant. It may also prompt other investments in NC from Apple. I don't like corporate welfare either, but if NC doesn't do it, some other state will. I think it's a good catch for NC.

California is a disaster and it wouldn't surprise me to see a lot of tech companies looking for greener pastures.

I doubt Apple will close down a facility on a snap decision after they have invested 1 billion dollars in it.

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