Apple's next data center will be in Iowa

Tammy Harvey
August 25, 2017

As the Iowa Economic Development Authority board is considering tax subsidies for the project, it was under the obligation of releasing Apple's plans to the public.

Tech giant Apple is looking to build its newest data center within the city limits of Waukee.

Details of the Iowa data center were announced on Apple's news blog today. "It only makes sense from a politician's point of view", said David Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University and critic of such large economic development project tax breaks. "This puts Iowa on the world stage".

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.

The city of Waukee approved multi-year property tax abatements and infrastructure improvements totaling $194 million.

"This new data center will play a very important role in the App Store's continued success". This gives us the opportunity with a global company like Apple to say we are the place to be.

She defended the state's investments, telling reporters "these are credits, it's not a check" to attract a company willing to investment $1.4 billion in the first phase of a project that will boost Iowa's economy for the future. "This investment in our state is vital as we continue to develop as a technology hub and grow our workforce". "And as you look at the age demographics and the growth of Iowa, I think it's really hard to challenge the fact there are ancillary growth benefits from making an investment like this", he said.

Lost in the feel-good drama of Apple Inc.'s decision to build a sprawling orchard of data servers in Waukee is the long-term benefit to the city in the form of a unique fund that the corporate behemoth will seed.

According to the incentives approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the iPhone maker's project is expected to generate 50 jobs at a minimum pay of $29.12 per hour.

Apple expects the data center to be up and running in 2020.

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