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Apple to build $1.4bn data center in Iowa

25 August 2017

Agenda for a separate Thursday meeting, of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, includes a review of Application for Investment by Apple in Waukee.

Similarly to its other hubs, Apple plans to power the data centres by using 100% renewable energy.

Apple revealed today that it plans to invest $1.3 billion into a new data center in Iowa that will help create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area.

Apple, like fellow technology companies Facebook, Microsoft and Google, will build a data center near Waukee, Iowa, creating 50 permanent jobs, Iowa Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg said in an event broadcast by the Des Moines Register.

"Across Iowa, business, schools, developers, and government are coming together to build a new home for innovation in America's heartland", Cook said.

"For the past 20 months, Apple has been searching for the ideal location, and I am so proud to say that they found it right here in Iowa", Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday.

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"At Apple we admire what you guys have accomplished and we want to be a part of it", Cook told cheering supporters.

The data center will support iMessage, Siri, the App Store and various services. Like Apple's other U.S. data centers, the Iowa one will produce 100 percent renewable energy, he said. Along with splurging on the data center, the company will also create a $100 million public fund to improve infrastructure in the area. "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.

The Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina. "Waukee is proud to welcome Apple", said Waukee Mayor Bill Peard.

Chris Murray discussed details of the project with fellow members of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board.

"It's always unfortunate that we always focus on 'well, it's just 50 jobs, ' because we're really not impacting what this really means and how this is really changing the knowledge economy in Iowa", Durham said.

Apple to build $1.4bn data center in Iowa