Apple building $1.3bn data centre in Iowa as state offers $208m in tax benefits. Apple has announced plans for the construction of a data center worth $1.3bn USD in Waukee, Iowa. Apple data centres are used by the company to host a slew of web based services like the iCloud, App store, and Apple Music. They currently operate data centres in Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, and California. The Cupertino, California-based company will be joining other tech majors like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft who already have data centres in the state of Iowa.
Apple will be receiving an incentive package from the state in exchange of bringing their business to Iowa. According to Reuters , Iowa’s Economic Development Authority and Waukee city council have approved the incentives worth up to $207.8m. The incentives include a $19.65m in investment tax credit from the state of Iowa for creating about 50 jobs. Apple will purchase 2,000 acres (8.09 square km) of land in Waukee, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Des Moines, to build two data centers.
Apple said the project will generate more than 550 jobs in logistics, construction, and operations of the data center, but did not specify how many of those jobs are long-term. So far some sources are saying that only 50 jobs would be permanently created at the two data centers.