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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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RE: AppleData Center?
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 6/5/2009 11:29:26 AM , Rating: 2
I just don't understand how a company NOT having to pay high taxes to give them an incentive to open a shop in the state, amounts to giving them money? It doesn't. That is money the state would not have seen in any event.

What happens is that 3,000 people are employed to build the site, then 50 or so are employed at high wages to run the site, not to mention utilities are paid. Now those people spend money on goods and services, which results in other people getting jobs, etc.

So the state sees taxes from wages and sales taxes, while the corporation has a smaller tax bill. That is not equivalent to giving the corporation money. It is equivalent to giving the citizens of the state an opportunity to get a job, which even if all 50 are farmed out to other parts of the country, the employees still move to the job site and require housing, goods, services, etc which boosts the local economies.

This is not a political issue. When the repubs are in office this is "big business" and when the dems are in office this is "socialism." But in fact, it is good for everyone.

Incidentally, the data center will probably be used for the banking indistry, which is huge in NC, especially in Charlotte.

RE: AppleData Center?
By MScrip on 6/5/2009 4:46:49 PM , Rating: 2

What happens is that 3,000 people are employed to build the site

Why do they need 3,000 people to to build a metal warehouse? 3,000 people? Do you even realize how many people that is?

What will they have... 500 contractors and sub-contractors, 500 bulldozer operators, 500 cement people, 500 electricians, 500 carpenters, 500 painters... doesn't 3,000 seem a little high?

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