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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 Oregonian2 on 7/6/2009 6:36:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'd think Apple would require employees more of a technical nature, which would leave out UNC or Duke graduates.

More likely NC State graduates would be more appropriate.

But in any case, even if employees are brought in from elsewhere, that'll still help with unemployment so long as they're not imported from abroad.

My state has unemployment at about 12%, think we're in second place last I looked. Even if some folk left here to be employed there, it'd help our unemployment rate even if not NC's.

RE: Obama
By Smilin on 7/7/2009 10:51:57 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if I were Apple that I would hire a graduate fresh out of school.

RE: Obama
By Oregonian2 on 7/7/2009 9:40:19 PM , Rating: 2
Possibly true, but for them an NCSU graduate with ten years of experience out of school still likely would be more appropriate for them than a Duke or UNC graduate ten years out of school.

Like many states, the "state" school is the state's "engineering school".

P.S. - "Graduates" aren't just those fresh out of school. One forever remains a graduate of wherever they graduated from.

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