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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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Come on.
By icanhascpu on 6/5/2009 8:34:25 AM , Rating: 1
So Apple is helping create a few thousand jobs, even for a short time, and people still find something to bitch at them about. Apple can do no right on this site.

I sware, they could cure cancer and you all would still find a way to make them seem evil. Get over it already. This is good news not bad news.

RE: Come on.
By BigRedNole on 6/5/2009 9:05:00 AM , Rating: 1
The jobs are for illegals, not citizens. There will be no State or Federal taxes collected for much of the work. Then, the 50 people that they do employee will commute from another county because the people in those counties do not have technical expertise. Many of them just found out that there is electricity *sarcasm off* You have to live in this state to understand what is happening. It is Dell all over again.

RE: Come on.
By lokigreybush on 6/7/2009 8:51:38 AM , Rating: 2
Apple, Google, Dell, Bruton Smith.

We have given tax breaks to all of them to keep or create jobs in NC. These incentives come from money that we would not have raised otherwise. Instead of looking at the large dollar amount and going crazy, think of it like a cell phone contract. We give you nice shiny phone, you stay our loyal (atm) customer for two years.

Also as a resident of one of the counties mentioned I find your comment offensive. Furthermore if you are a resident of this state yourself, how can you possibly be against bringing more jobs here?

RE: Come on.
By acase on 6/5/2009 10:51:12 AM , Rating: 3
If apple could cure your cancer it would cost at least an arm, a leg, and your soul. But at least all of your friends in starbucks would think you were the coolest, cancer free, amputee in the world.

"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins

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