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

17 May 2018, 10:09 | Jodi Jackson

North Carolina's Research Triangle Park Tops Apple's Short List for New Campus

New Apple Campus Could be in North Carolina or Northern Virginia

His company announced in January that it intends to build a new Apple campus, but has gone about the search without publicly soliciting offers from localities.

It's also worth noting that Apple CEO Tim Cook got his MBA at Duke University.

North Carolina is already home to one of Apple's data centers, and several members of Apple's leadership have connections to the Triangle area.

Apple's decision to open a new headquarters in North Carolina is reportedly a "done deal" as soon as a bill is passed approving a series of incentives for Apple.

Some reports have mentioned that Apple has explored starting a campus for 20,000 employees in Northern Virginia.

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

The thought of Apple setting up a new, large shop all the way across the country from its Cupertino headquarters is not so far-fetched an idea. It would seem that officials are thinking that Apple might be looking for a more suburban setup.

"We're not doing a beauty-contest kind of thing", Cook told Recode's Kara Swisher in a recent interview. "We do not share information about economic development projects before they are final, but I will be happy to share more information if or when a decision is made", spokesman Jamal Little said in an email. This increase in Apple's employee headcount would go a long way towards fulfilling the company's goal of investing $30 billion in the USA and creating upwards of 20,000 new jobs over the next five years. Part of that investment will go towards a new campus, located away from the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California. Numerous first new hires at the facility will be call center workers.

North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore did not respond to a request for comment. Interestingly, "many of the jobs would be high-tech research and development jobs", the report says, suggesting that Apple expects to expand the site beyond its initially noted technical support functions.

Northern Virginia may also be a candidate, according to the Washington Post.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is said to be negotiating an incentive package to attract Apple, though it has not yet been presented to the General Assembly of the state.

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