Apple Commits $1.3B for Iowa Data Center

Key votes come Thursday for Waukee Apple data center

Professor ofEconomics at Drake, Tom Rootsays it makes sense Apple wants to build its newest data center here.

The Statehouse event came a few hours after state and local officials had approved incentives to help land the project after a 20-month search process. Like Apple's other USA data centers, the Iowa one will produce 100 percent renewable energy, he said. The new Public Improvement Fund, to be established and managed by the City of Waukee, will support the development of community projects like parks, libraries and recreational spaces, as well as infrastructure needs.

When completed, the Apple data center will be connected to local water mains, and work on connecting the area to sewer systems is already underway, though it will soon be redirected from the city owned infrastructure to the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority. "This puts Iowa on the world stage".

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Speaking alongside Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the facility "will create hundreds of jobs for people in Iowa from construction to engineering".

No details about Project Morgan have been released publicly, and it's not entirely clear whether Apple has made the final decision to build in Waukee.

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 company plans to build a $1.3 billion facility in Waukee, which is about 20 minutes outside the state's capital. "As the App Store grows, we look forward to growing in Iowa".

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"It is a minimal investment for the amount of investment that's being done in the state of Iowa", Reynolds added. "This is an investment in Iowa's future". Apple already supports 10,000 jobs in Iowa, many of whom are developers, Cook said.

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

"With a billion-plus investment, it will also create many spinoff and construction-related jobs", she said.

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