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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 MrBlastman on 7/6/2009 4:37:36 PM , Rating: 3
While I agree with you on it not hiring many people from the surrounding community - it probably will not, a 20% Minority population in a Southern county is really not that high.

You probably don't live in the Southern states so I won't hold it against you, but where I live - Atlanta, Minorities make up 51.5% of our population. Granted, many of us don't live in the City, it is quite routine for any southern county or city to have a 30, 40 or 50% minority population. There are exceptions, of course, such as Forsyth County, GA which for years did everything in their power to prevent the influx of Minorities - these areas are growing rarer and rarer.

My wife, who is a yankee from up north, was in disbelief when she moved down here and noticed all the minorities everywhere. Apparently she was not used to it coming from northern states.

I would not see a 20% minority population as a detriment at all, in fact I see it as rather light compared to the rest of the south.

North Carolina is a beautiful state with lots of wilderness and areas to explore. Cawtawba county happens to be on the outskirts of this amazing area of the state and can guarantee you that there are many people that are into IT that love to hike, camp and explore the great outdoors. If anything, I would see this location as a draw to the intellectually astute (or those that think slightly more than the average citizen) due to the proximity to these outdoor excursions.

It is only 40 - 50 miles away from Blowing Rock, a wonderful mountain town and getaway with a beautiful drive up the mountain. Lake Norman, which it is close to is an awesome lake for boating and it also is not too far from Mountain Island Lake and for the city types, Charlotte.

No, I look at this location as a nice draw for those who want to get away from living in a crowded city and all the traffic.

RE: Obama
By corduroygt on 7/6/2009 4:44:28 PM , Rating: 5
Minorities make up 51.5% of our population

That's an interesting quote right there, how are they still considered "minorities"? Is "minorities" an euphemism for "non-white?"

RE: Obama
By MrBlastman on 7/6/2009 4:49:20 PM , Rating: 3
Affirmative, you are correct sir. In our case, we (white people) are now the minority in Atlanta.

In a traditional sense though, minorities might be classified as such based on the national averages where in 2006 Whites were 74% of the US population, Hispanics 14.8%, Blacks 13.4% and so on.

Source: Wikipedia (overlord of all correct information... ;))

So, in a sense, in Atlanta, you could say we are the new minority. Help, I'm being oppressed! ;)

RE: Obama
By 67STANG on 7/6/2009 5:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
I've got you beat. In California, White persons (non Hispanic) are at 42.7% as of 2007. Sure we're down into the 30%'s now...

Source: US Census Bureau

By the way, I now support affirmative action.

RE: Obama
By RandallMoore on 7/6/09, Rating: -1
RE: Obama
By Tamale on 7/7/2009 7:23:31 AM , Rating: 2
obviously you've never been in montana, the dakotas, minnesota, or wisconsin ;)

RE: Obama
By RandallMoore on 7/7/2009 11:03:16 AM , Rating: 2
And obviously you have never been near the East or Western seaboard. lol

RE: Obama
By Smilin on 7/6/09, Rating: -1
RE: Obama
By Smilin on 7/6/2009 4:58:08 PM , Rating: 2
Blowing Rock or Chimney Rock?

I agree it is indeed a nice area. I'm closer to Lake Wylie here.

RE: Obama
By MrBlastman on 7/6/2009 5:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
Blowing Rock - I was stuck in Lenoir for a few days on a business trip years ago and said to heck with staying in my hotel room so every afternoon/evening I'd take my rental car up through the mountains and the twisties enjoying all the scenery as it blew by. I think some of the best barbecue I have had was outta a small restaurant in Blowing Rock. Nice town, quaint and wouldn't mind taking the wife up there for a quiet weekend.

I love Lake Wylie. :) I have an Uncle that lived on that lake for years, lots of good memories boating and fishing there. I think I've boated on all the major lakes in that part of the state actually.

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