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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 Nfarce on 6/5/2009 1:19:55 PM , Rating: 2
Oh good grief. And I forgot one of the biggest whining of all during the Bush years by Democrats: taking vacations when the economy was so sour back then. Obama Hawaii vacation, NYC "Date Night", and now a vacation in France after the Middle East. All in just four months in office when even as Obama himself said we are in the worst economic peril in our history and no Democrat utters even a peep about all this vacationing and showboating. And all the while GM dealers being singled out for closure by a Car Czar whose background is being a lawyer and who never ran a business in his life, let alone being involved in the automotive industry.

Yep, it all depends on who is in office.

RE: AppleData Center?
By ClownPuncher on 6/5/2009 3:38:29 PM , Rating: 1
So your point is that republicans and democrats are just as shitty? Cool, we agree. Vote libertarian.

RE: AppleData Center?
By FITCamaro on 6/5/2009 8:05:28 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget his golf outing instead of visiting our fallen soldiers.

RE: AppleData Center?
By Nfarce on 6/5/2009 8:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
Oh of course! I just rattled off some topics off the top of my head that this guy seemed to have forgotten about Democrats doing. When he rattled off about Republicans not caring about things depending on who was in office, it was game on. Give me a little time and I can MORE than make up for what he said (although I think I already made my rebuttal point). But give the dude some credit: he admitted that a let down is a let down about Obama.

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