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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 HinderedHindsight on 6/5/2009 11:46:38 AM , Rating: 2
There is absolutely no link between free markets,

Actually, let me correct you on this. This is actually my point. I do believe there is no intrinsic link between the two.

However, Republicans love to make a platform out in favor of the free market as well as against illegal immigration at the same time.

You're correct that there is no intrinsic link between the two; my point is that the republican argument in favor of the free market and against illegal immigration lacks consistency.

A nation only remains a nation if it can identify its citizens. And our nation has minimum wage laws set by the government. You would have done far better to argue against those. That is what illegal immigrants get around.

Very true, and if you thought about it, you can see how complete trust (as republicans favor) in free market forces tends to undermine these. Free market forces favor cheap labor. If that cheap labor happens to come in the form of illegal immigration, the free market doesn't care. However, Republicans somehow think control of illegal immigration and a completely unfettered free market can coexist- they really can't because control of cheap labor (in the form of illegal immigration and wage laws) becomes a control over the free market.

Illegal immigrants also do not pay taxes while legal citizens do.

As a result, Illegal immigrants are living the republican dream since republicans don't like taxes. So why do republicans want to kick them out? Under the republican ideal, we should all be illegal immigrants.(this is a joke, not an actual argument, since you *seem* to take yourself too seriously, I thought I should inform you)

A legal citizen cannot work for the same wage as an illegal immigrant.

The free market that Republicans believe in doesn't care about this.

Federal law would not allow the employer to pay them that little nor could they survive on the income since they'd be paying taxes on it.

Again, the free market that Republicans claim to believe in doesn't care about this.

What I'm pointing out is that controlling illegal immigration effectively becomes a control over the free market as illegal immigration results in lower costs for business.

You know what republicans call anything that might represent a constraint or control on the free market? Socialism. Wow, and that was a term that we all thought could only be applied to democrats.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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