"To sweeten the deal, Cook promised to invest $100 million for a public improvement fund to rebuild infrastructure, streets, parks, libraries and a youth sports campus that will host community and high school games and will feature a greenhouse, playground and fishing pier". Tech companies are increasingly choosing to locate data centers in the USA, in part out of concerns about data security that arise when they locate data centers outside of the United States. The data center will run on wind power and other alternative renewable energy sources - in line with Apple's 2012 pledge to run all its facilities on 100 percent renewable energy.
The 400,000-square-foot data center will "strengthen the relationships" in Iowa, where 30 Apple suppliers, including 3M and Qorvo, already operate, Cook said. They say it will have lasting impacts.
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Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to why it picked Waukee, which is just outside of Des Moines. Apple already supports 10,000 jobs in Iowa, many of whom are developers, Cook said.
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However, other than saying it will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area, Apple did not specify how numerous job positions will be long-term ones. But a New York Times report previous year chronicled the disappointment that many small towns felt when the construction boom faded. Last month, Apple announced it would build a data center in China to comply with the law.
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the company on Thursday said the data centre would be 400,000 square feet or more than 37,160 square metres in Waukee, a city with a population of almost 14,000, Xinhua news agency reported. The Waukee City Council this morning approved a property tax abatement for Apple - an incentive worth over $188 million over a 20 year period. "This announcement further solidifies Iowa as a hub where innovation and technology flourish and demonstrates this is a place where world-class companies can thrive". "They say we should go to Iowa because we have these epicenters there".
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The company did not say how many jobs would be affected by the new Kmart closings, but Sears announced 400 layoffs in June. The retailer has also opened new, smaller and more tightly focused concept stores that sell mattresses and appliances.