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Apple reportedly will announce the exact location of its $1B server farm

Apple is expected to announce the location of a new $1 billion data center that is expected to be built in Maiden, which is located in North Carolina's Catawba County.

City officials are expected to join Apple executives at a press conference later this afternoon to announce the new data center.  The Cupertino-based company has said on several occasions it plans to build a new server farm in rural North Carolina -- Catawba County is currently plagued by double-digit unemployment, so it's possible thousands of jobs could be created at the new facility.

In addition to an expected 3,000 full-time and part-time jobs at the facility over the next 10 years, hundreds of contractors and employees will be responsible for building the facility, though it's unknown when construction will begin.

Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre, when asked about an Apple facility in his town, said the Catawba County Economic Development Corp. will be responsible for making any announcements.

It appears Catawba County is actively developing a new 180-acre business park that has support for backup electricity, fiber-optic and water, which led some journalists and analysts to point to the county as the location for the Apple data center.

Last month, the company announced its plans to build a data center somewhere in North Carolina, though an exact location for the facility wasn't offered.  The state modified its corporate income tax liability, allowing Apple to receive a $46 million state tax credit.

"North Carolina continues to be a prime location for growing and expanding global technology companies," state officials said after the announcement last month.

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RE: Jobs?
By Pirks on 7/6/2009 4:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe they mean thousands of construction related jobs? You don't have to have bachelor's to operate a shovel or a jackhammer.

RE: Jobs?
By mlambert on 7/6/2009 4:28:48 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe 100 jobs, including construction and services, unless they put offices on site and move over a couple thousand AAPL employees. Doubtful, even though it is a very nice area with a ton of good tech talent not toooo far away (Raleigh).

RE: Jobs?
By ctodd on 7/6/2009 4:49:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, you're probably close on the number at the facility, but you forgot to include the local economy's boost from additional revenue and taxes. The new jobs don't have to be within the complex itself, but in the surrounding communities. Whenever companies invest in areas like this, the politicians tend to inflate the numbers so that it doesn't seem so bad when they're forced to tell their constituents how much they paid the company to come to their town.

RE: Jobs?
By gamefreak32 on 7/6/2009 10:56:33 PM , Rating: 2
The initial number of people that Apple is supposed to hire is between 50 and 100 and they are supposed to max out at 250 jobs. The state government and the Catawba County government are speculating that there will be another 3,000 jobs created in the surrounding community. 3,000 jobs is extremely wishful thinking for any major city, much less a "rural" area like Catawba County. I doubt anyone in Maiden will even qualify for most of the jobs at Apple and wouldn't be surprised if Apple tries to draw their employees from Charlotte or the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area.

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