Apple plans new $1bn campus plus big USA job growth

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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.

In total, Apple plans to increase its workforce in the USA from 90,000 to 110,000 by 2023.

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".

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