Apple will be building a new 44,000-square-foot data center in Waukee, Iowa. The new data center will help Apple with services like iMessage, Siri, the App Store, and Apple Music among others. Apple expects to start construction by early next year and bring it online by 2020. This data center will run on 100 percent renewable energy like the rest of its data centers.
Apple is investing $1.3 billion for this data center, and also contributing up to $100 million for a Public Improvement Fund to build community development and infrastructure around Waukee. Apple aims to create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area with its investment and the Public Improvement Fund.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO highlights on this – “Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we’re proud today’s investment will add to the more than 10,000 jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community.”
In addition to the creation of jobs, the new Public Improvement Fund which will be managed by the City of Waukee will also support development of community parks, libraries and recreational spaces. The first project under this fund is the construction of the Waukee Youth Sports Campus. ALSO READ: Apple CEO Tim Cook likely to reveal iPhone 8 launch date today: Report
Apple will be working with local partners to invest in renewable energy projects from wind and other sources to power the data center. Apple has pledged to power all of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy and has already reached that goal in the US and 23 other countries. Apple’s commitment to development in Iowa has got the company $208 million in state and local benefits, The Associated Press reports. Apple would be receiving a refund of $19.6 million in state sales tax and $188 million break on property taxes in Waukee. ALSO READ: Apple Park 4K drone footage offers close look at Steve Jobs Theater
Apple is the latest Silicon Valley member to run a data center in Iowa. Companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft all have data centers in Iowa. ALSO READ: Apple to open its first data center in China