Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

It turns out Apple could build its new campus in North Carolina

It turns out Apple could build its new campus in North Carolina

The new headquarters would bring up to 10,000 jobs to North Carolina, including major investment in its Research Triangle Park, close to the Univerisity of North Carolina, NC State and Duke University.

Lawmakers in North Carolina are apparently making a bid for Apple to build its next campus in the state and the Research Triangle Park is apparently at the top of the list for possible sites, CNBC reports.

Apple is now looking for a location for a new campus that could host as many as 20,000 employees.

According to WRAL's sources, it's "a done deal". Cooper has reportedly been negotiating an incentive package to entice Apple, but such a package is said to still need approval from the North Carolina state legislature.

This campus will be the fourth one for Apple.

Apple already has a data center in North Carolina.

There were conflicting reports yesterday about the likely location of the new Apple campus the company promised back in January.

- Turns out a company might not have to be as "transformative" to get incentives to set up shop or expand in North Carolina. This increase in Apple's employee headcount would go a long way towards fulfilling the company's goal of investing $30 billion in the US and creating upwards of 20,000 new jobs over the next five years.

By conducting its search in relative secrecy Apple has taken a different tact in seeking its new space, something Apple chief executive Tim Cook highlighted in a recent interview when he said "we're not doing a beauty contest kind of thing".

By contrast, Amazon is said to be exploring the Research Triangle area as a contender for a second headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs. Instead, it substantially cuts Apple's employer withholding taxes, provides that a portion of withholding money will be used for rural development, and offers 30 years of property tax abatements.

This report doesn't necessarily mean that Apple didn't talk with Virginia officials.

Apple didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Know anything about Apple's new campus? Where Amazon has been overt with its plans, leading to many public subsidy offers from states, and some protests from local residents, Apple is being far more secretive and has only promised to announce new plans for its future investment in USA facilities later this year.

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