"Apple has been searching for the flawless location and I am so proud to say that they found it right here in Iowa", Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said, noting the state's educated workforce, stable climate and low-priced, renewable energy. It is one of several features of the Apple venture that will advance the city's build-out of a civic campus and recreational center, and will extend streets, sewer and water to promote additional development.
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 company included a kicker, though, with a pledge of "up to" US$100 million to a Public Improvement Fund.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Waukee this afternoon to announce the deal alongside Gov. Reynolds and other local politicians. The city already has plans to build a youth sports center, which includes a greenhouse, playground, fishing pier and sports fields, with the funding. There will be other jobs created during construction, but no numbers have been given yet. Incentives, usually in the form of tax breaks, are common way state economic development officials lure data center development to their states. 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.
"This is a company that is investing in Iowa and in our community and in Iowa, and if we want to grow this economy and provide more revenue, then we should be doing what we can to bring jobs and businesses to the state of Iowa", she said.
Chris Murray discussed details of the project with fellow members of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board. "This is an investment in Iowa's future".
In Iowa, Apple is expected to start construction early next year, and the center should be up and running by 2020.