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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: Obama
By joey2264 on 7/6/2009 4:25:16 PM , Rating: 0
I am very doubtful of Obama's ability to actually get us out of the recession. But at least he won't make it worse, which I have no doubt McCain would have done.

As far as the story at hand, while the data center will likely not employ many locals in the daily operation of the center (although many will likely be employed in it's construction), the locals will still benefit by the city being able to continue or possibly expand unemployment services due to the hike in tax revenue (yea, probably not that much in new taxes due to the new state tax credit, but I'm sure some new taxes will come in)

RE: Obama
By Sulphademus on 7/6/2009 4:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
I am completely willing to relocate 2 states to the south and risk becoming an Apple fanboi. Gotta beat the hell outta MD traffic!

And when an area brings in jobs, it normally spurs suplimental/support jobs such as those being brought in by the department stores (mentioned in another post) who are following where they think the next population bloom will be. Sure working at Wal-Mart or Target or whathaveyou isnt glamourous by any means but it is better than Appalachian poverty.

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