Apple Commits $1.3B for Iowa Data Center

Apple Commits $1.3B for Iowa Data Center

Apple Commits $1.3B for Iowa Data Center

The company will receive a $19.65 million investment tax credit for creating 50 jobs. Google, Facebook, and Microsoft already have data centers operating in the state.

At present it has merely been labelled as a "review of application for investment", but according to sources obtained by the Des Moines Register, Apple does have concrete plans to build a data center on a 3,500 acre (5.46 square miles) piece of annexed land in Waukee, Dallas County.

When completed, the Apple data center will be connected to local water mains, and work on connecting the area to sewer systems is already underway, though it will soon be redirected from the city owned infrastructure to the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority.

"Across Iowa, business, schools, developers, and government are coming together to build a new home for innovation in America's heartland", Cook said. There will be other jobs created during construction, but no numbers have been given yet. Cupertino will also contribute about $100 million to local community development and infrastructure, including a youth sports campus.

Apple said the new data center will support services like Siri, iMessage and Apple Music in North America. "It only makes sense from a politician's point of view", said David Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University and critic of such large economic development project tax breaks. "Waukee is proud to welcome Apple", said Waukee Mayor Bill Peard.

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"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", Reynolds said to reporters following the announcement.

"It is a minimal investment for the amount of investment that's being done in the state of Iowa", Reynolds added.

Lost in the feel-good drama of Apple Inc.'s decision to build a sprawling orchard of data servers in Waukee is the long-term benefit to the city in the form of a unique fund that the corporate behemoth will seed.

Tina Hoffman, spokeswoman for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, told The Washington Post that building the project will bring more wealth to the community.

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