Apple to build $1.4bn data center in Iowa

Robyn Ryan
August 25, 2017

"Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we're proud today's investment will add to the more than 10,000 jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community".

Iowa is a popular location for data center operators, with Google, Facebook and Microsoft (although its latest project may be cut short due to an impending water bill), having built their own facilities in the state.

State economic development officials this morning awarded almost 20 million dollars in tax incentives to Apple, which plans to place two data centers in the Des Moines suburb of Waukee.

It's part of a greater movement to make Des Moines a technology corridor within the United States, so it makes sense that Apple wants to locate in the middle of the heartland. Like Apple's other U.S. data centers, the Iowa one will produce 100 percent renewable energy, he said.

State and local authorities have collectively approved roughly $208 million in tax incentives for the project. Along with splurging on the data center, the company will also create a $100 million public fund to improve infrastructure in the area.

The bulk of the subsidy is a planned $188.2 million property tax abatement of 71 percent over 20 years provided by the city of Waukee, according to economic development officials.

The Iowa data center will join Apple facilities in California, Nevada, Oregon and North Carolina, which also host services such as iCloud, Apple Music and the App Store.

The economic development board's chairman, Chris Murray, said such projects bring people who build homes, generating tax revenue and causing other businesses to explore moving to Iowa. "This is an investment in Iowa's future".

Apple expects the data center to be up and running in 2020.

Silicon Valley CEOs have publicly prioritized creating tech jobs in America over the past year, with many trying to walk a delicate line to appease both supporters of President Donald Trump and Silicon Valley's more liberal workforce.

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