Key votes come Thursday for Waukee Apple data center

Posted August 25, 2017

"The proposed cost of the project is one-billion-375-million dollars and Apple is proposing to create 50 new jobs", Murray said.

Reynolds credited Iowa's productive workforce, central location, infrastructure and lead role as a provider of low-priced renewable energy as key factors in Apple's decision to join other tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft to build data centers in Iowa.

Apple will purchase 2,000 acres of land in Waukee to build two data centers.

Tim Cook is bringing Apple's next data center to Iowa. More details are expected to emerge following the initial meetings, including how many jobs the development is likely to create.

It will get $208 million in state and local tax benefits, according to The Associated Press.

Cook said Apple will also invest up to $100 million in a public improvement fund focused on development and infrastructure in Waukee.

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 bulk of the subsidy is a planned $188.2 million property tax abatement of 71% over 20 years provided by the city of Waukee, according to economic development officials. "This gives us an opportunity with a global company like Apple to say we are the place to be, this is where your business should locate".

The decision was lauded by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican.

"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. "This is an investment that will continue to pay dividends way beyond today".

"It's anticipated that a data center employs 1,688 local workers during the construction phase of this project", Murray said.

Silicon Valley CEOs have publicly prioritized creating tech jobs in America over the past year, with many trying to walk a delicate line to appease both supporters of President Donald Trump and Silicon Valley's more liberal workforce.