Apple Said to Be Mulling Iowa Data Center

Posted August 25, 2017

"Apple has been searching for the ideal location and I am so proud to say that they found it right here in Iowa", Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said, noting the state's educated workforce, stable climate and low-priced, renewable energy.

According to the Des Moines Register, Apple will get about $213 million in incentives for building in the region.

As the Iowa Economic Development Authority board is considering tax subsidies for the project, it was under the obligation of releasing Apple's plans to the public.

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"For the past 20 months, Apple has been searching for the ideal location, and I am so proud to say that they found it right here in Iowa", Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday. There will be other jobs created during construction, but no numbers have been given yet.

At an event with Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds outside the Capitol building, Apple CEO Tim Cook credited Iowa's "world-class power grid" and what he called the state's culture of developing computer programmers who have created applications ranging from education to entertainment. "We see that commitment in Iowa's education system and in the value that you place on creativity, adaptability, and new ways of thinking. And as the App Store grows, we look forward to growing in Iowa", Cook said. In May, it gave Corning $200 million for a Kentucky glass-processing plant; Corning glass is used on iOS devices.

The governor's office issued a statement saying data center projects have economic impact well beyond the permanent jobs created and the initial capital investment made.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has tasked himself with visiting new parts of the country this year, and companies like Intel have headed to the White House to announced renewed focus on domestic facilities. In return, the state of Wisconsin will provide Foxconn with $3 billion in economic incentives.

The 400,000-square-foot data center will "strengthen the relationships" in Iowa, where 30 Apple suppliers, including 3M and Qorvo, already operate, Cook said.

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