Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

North Carolina Apple campus could be 'a done deal' if incentives pass

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Terence Owen | 17 May, 2018, 22:07

The officials have proposed several possible locations for the new Apple headquarters, with two of the locations also offered to Amazon. Apple's future campus will not be like its main corporate campuses in Northern California, One Infinite Loop and Apple Park.

Separate reports from North Carolina and Northern Virginia suggested yesterday that Apple was considering both East Coast locations for its upcoming fourth USA campus, but a new report is adding significant weight to North Carolina's prospects. It would seem that officials are thinking that Apple might be looking for a more suburban setup.

Apple is now looking for a location for a new campus that could host as many as 20,000 employees.

In January, Apple pledged a $350 billion investment into the USA economy over the next five years, and part of that plan is the opening of a new Apple headquarters. In addition, the average salary for Apple employees in the area - which would include research and development positions - would be roughly $130,000 according to WRAL News. The current proposal calls for a bare minimum of 3,000 new jobs at the new Apple facility, with an expansion to between 5,000 to 10,000 jobs once the project is fully complete.

Amazon's own development plans have been known for a little while longer, though they hasn't been quite as specific. However, that does not necessarily mean that North Carolina is the underdog in the bid to attract Apple.

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There are also some connections to the company that could help Northern Virginia's chances.

"It's a done deal", one source said, "as soon as we pass this bill". Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly met with North Carolina governorRoy Cooper and state commerce secretary Tony Copeland, earlier this month to discuss the matter.

Of course, Amazon is also considering Northern Virginia as one of 20 finalists for the 50,000-job HQ2, along with D.C. and Montgomery County, Md. However, it's the latter that is being tipped as Apple's favorite of the two potential sites.

The thought of Apple setting up a new, large shop all the way across the country from its Cupertino headquarters is not so far-fetched an idea. If North Carolina agrees to reduce the taxes, Apple could create a new campus in the Research Triangle Park.

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