Tim Cook: Apple will invest $1.3 billion in Iowa

25 August, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Tim Cook chief executive officer of Apple attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference

Google, Facebook and Microsoft have already built billion-dollar data centers in Iowa.

The California-based company is due to meet with Iowa's Economic Development Authority today, the schedule for which was published and reported on yesterday by The Des Moines Register.

The IEDA board awarded Apple $19,650 in tax breaks for the project, which will cover 2,000 acres in Waukee. It is one of several features of the Apple venture that will advance the city's build-out of a civic campus and recreational center, and will extend streets, sewer and water to promote additional development. The 400,000-square-foot center will be used to support iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services in North America.

It's part of a greater movement to make Des Moines a technology corridor within the United States, so it makes sense that Apple wants to locate in the middle of the heartland. More details are expected to emerge following the initial meetings, including how many jobs the development is likely to create.

Apple said it will also contribute up to $100 million to a public improvement fund to develop infrastructure and community projects. The city already has plans to build a youth sports center, which includes a greenhouse, playground, fishing pier and sports fields, with the funding.

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The Statehouse event came a few hours after state and local officials had approved incentives to help land the project after a 20-month search process.

The decision was lauded by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican. "Waukee is proud to welcome Apple", said Waukee Mayor Bill Peard.

"If we want to grow this economy and provide more revenue, then we should be doing what we can to bring jobs and businesses to the state of Iowa", she said. "And as you look at the age demographics and the growth of Iowa, I think it's really hard to challenge the fact there are ancillary growth benefits from making an investment like this", he said.

Reynolds cited research that shows economic benefits from data centers on Thursday.

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