Apple Commits $1.3B for Iowa Data Center

Apple Commits $1.3B for Iowa Data Center

Troy Powers
August 25, 2017

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

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.

The data center is expected to be completed by 2020 with construction starting early next year.

Tech giant Apple is looking to build its newest data center within the city limits of Waukee. The Des Moines Register reported Thursday that Apple's been given about $207 million in local and state tax incentives.

Apple said it will also contribute up to $100 million to a public improvement fund to develop infrastructure and community projects.

The Statehouse event came a few hours after state and local officials had approved incentives to help land the project after a 20-month search process.

City officials and the Iowa Board of Economic Development will hold the meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss the sale of property to an undisclosed developer.

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The Waukee facility will serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store, and other Apple services.

Speaking alongside Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the facility "will create hundreds of jobs for people in Iowa from construction to engineering". This gives us the opportunity with a global company like Apple to say we are the place to be.

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

Tina Hoffman, spokeswoman for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, told The Washington Post that building the project will bring more wealth to the community. "This is an investment that will continue to pay dividends way beyond today".

Apple is in the final stages of securing planning permission for its $1 billion data centre in Ireland, however the project has faced delays due to a high court appeal, lodged by local residents who fear the facility could be detrimental to the local environment. "This is an investment in Iowa's future".

Apple said 550 construction and operations jobs will be created by the project, which the company estimated at $1.3 billion.