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Apple Commits $1.3B for Iowa Data Center

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Apple Commits $1.3B for Iowa Data Center

Apple will buy 2,000 acres of land in the city for the project, the first phase of which will include two facilities.

Apple today committed $1.3 billion for a new data center in Waukee, Iowa.

Apple will buy 2,000 acres of land in the city for the project, the first phase of which will include two facilities, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced. Cupertino will also contribute about $100 million to local community development and infrastructure, including a youth sports campus.

The move will create at least 50 jobs that pay at least $29.12 per hour. Iowa is also home to Facebook, Google, and Microsoft data centers.

According to the Des Moines Register, Apple will get about $213 million in incentives for building in the region. To start, the Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded the company $19.65 million in investment tax credits at a Thursday meeting, the Register says.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Waukee this afternoon to announce the deal alongside Gov. Reynolds and other local politicians. Like Apple's other US data centers, the Iowa one will produce 100 percent renewable energy, he said.

"Across Iowa, business, schools, developers, and government are coming together to build a new home for innovation in America's heartland," Cook said. "We see that commitment in Iowa's education system and in the value that you place on creativity, adaptability, and new ways of thinking.

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"In Iowa, we admire what you guys have accomplished and we want to be a part of it," Cook said.


Cook talked up Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which intends to distribute at least $1 billion to American manufacturers. In May, it gave Corning $200 million for a Kentucky glass-processing plant; Corning glass is used on iOS devices.

Recently, President Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Cook had promised to build three big "beautiful" plants in the US. During Apple's recent earnings call, Cook instead suggested that Apple was more likely to invest in existing plants than build new, large-scale facilities of its own.

In July, Foxconn announced a $10 billion investment in Wisconsin, which is initially projected to create about 3,000 jobs in the region. The Taiwan-based firm's new Wisconsin manufacturing facility will make LCDs in a 20-million-square-foot facility. In return, the state of Wisconsin will provide Foxconn with $3 billion in economic incentives.

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