Apple said on Thursday it would spend $1 billion to build a second campus in Austin, Texas, that will house up to 15,000 workers as part of a broader push by several U.S. companies to create more jobs at home.
Apple Inc. said it would invest $1 billion to expand its operations in Austin by constructing a new employee campus in the area, large enough to house 15,000 additional employees. It is also going to open two smaller sites in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, California-as well as has plans to expand in other cities too, including Pittsburgh; New York; Boston; Boulder, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon.
Today Apple announced a major expansion of its operations within the USA which includes one brand new campus, three new sites, and a larger presence across several cities.
Apple has said it will spend $10bn on data centres in the U.S. over the next five years, and will set up a new $1bn campus in Texas. The two technology companies chose cities with a wealth of white-collar workers and high employment, bypassing other regions that may have required more investment.
The News & Observer reported in mid-May that Apple's CEO Tim Cook had met with Gov. Roy Cooper that month, to discuss the possibility of a campus on the Wake County side of Research Triangle Park. This will be combined with as much as 50 acres of preserved open space.
At a press conference this morning, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott thanked Apple for its "Texas-sized investment" and said the state would continue to invest in its universities so "Apple will have access to the premier workforce in the entire world".
"This shows that a business-friendly state not only offers low taxes and competitive incentives, but is also welcoming to all workers", Straus said.
Contrasting Amazon, which cited finding and recruiting a talented workforce as a reason behind its new location decisions, Apple said talent was not confined to certain geographical locations. The jobs created would be across various functions including engineering, R&D, operations and finance. Additionally, just like its other worldwide facilities, Apple confirmed that the new campus will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
'Apple has been a vital part of the Austin community for a quarter century, and we are thrilled that they are deepening their investment in our people and the city we love, ' said Austin Mayor Steve Adler in a prepared statement Thursday.
"If we did know the answer, we couldn't tell you", he said. "It's a bummer to not get the marquee ones, but the jobs are still coming here, the companies are still coming here, there's still real growth".