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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 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
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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