Apple Confirms Plans to Build Data Center in Iowa, Contribute Up to $100M to Community Projects

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot data center in Waukee, Iowa, which will provide backend infrastructure for the App Store, Siri, Apple Music, iMessage, and other Apple services in North America.


    Apple is investing $1.3 billion into the facility, which it says will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area.
    Apple also said it will contribute up to $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to community development and infrastructure around Waukee. The 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.
    As part of its pledge to power all of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, Apple said the data center will run entirely on renewable energy from day one. Apple noted it will be working with local partners to invest in renewable energy projects from wind and other sources to power the facility.


    Apple said construction on the data center is expected to start early next year, with plans to bring it online in 2020.

    Iowa's Economic Development Authority reportedly approved a deal on Thursday that will give Apple $208 million in state and local tax breaks to construct two data centers near Des Moines. Apple will reportedly buy 2,000 acres of land for the project, allowing for future development in the area.

    Apple's plans to open the facility were first reported by The Des Moines Register on Wednesday. Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Des Moines today for a meeting related to the data center, Iowa state officials confirmed.

    Apple already operates several data centers around the world. In the United States, it has facilities located in Reno, Nevada; Prineville, Oregon; Maiden, North Carolina; Newark, California; and Mesa, Arizona.

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  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    probably dedicated towards streaming carpool karaoke.
  3. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    NOT Rocket Science, Apple picked Iowa simply because Tim Cook plans on running for President down the road.
  4. webbuzz macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2010
    I highly doubt that.
  5. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    Good, Apple really needs these to be competitive in the 2020's. Currently, their data center park is really hurting them.
  6. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
    Good thing. Iowa needs something to break up the landscape.
  7. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Maybe apple should just pay their fair share of taxes and quit asking for massive incentives (Cupertino) instead of saying they plan to GIVE millions away.
  8. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    50 jobs in 2000 acres. It must get lonely working for Apple :)
  9. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    But Apple is paying their fair share of taxes.
  10. lederermc macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2014
    50 job for $200M ... at $4M per jobs I'ld like to get a piece of that action. I would gladly pay 50 unemployed farmers $50k per year for 20 years if Iowa would give me $200M. I might even do better: 100 unemployed farmers $70k per year.
  11. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
  12. dcimatt149 macrumors newbie


    Aug 24, 2017
    Washington, DC
    It should be noted that it's not an odd choice (Iowa). Microsoft already operates 2 datacenters there (one US Government specific) and another public cloud, Google has a datacenter there and Facebook is in the process of building one.
  13. Avieshek, Aug 24, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2017

    Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    We need more data centres.
    |Wait, is it 'center' or 'centre'?
    Shouldn't a data centre be planned in India as well
  14. PG(Austin) macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2004
    Austin, TX
    Against Zuckerburg :D God help us all...
    --- Post Merged, Aug 24, 2017 ---
    Pretty soon that's all we will export, cloud space.
  15. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    I predict Mark Zuckerberg vs Tim Cook in 2020 for the Democratic nomination
  16. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.

    Both can be used.
  17. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    they get tax cuts cuz they create local jobs. People make more money, and spend more locally so they collect more sales tax. Believe me, the city still makes out.
  18. testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
  19. Thunderhawks Suspended

    Feb 17, 2009
    No! They will run this with environmentally friendly potato power.
  20. busyscott macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2015
    Good lord, they employ two million people in the US alone?! Why on earth do we not have a new Mac Pro??
  21. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    These are going to be big beautiful buildings, the best in the world. BIGLY.
  22. jerry16 macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2016
    across the universe
    Or maybe the lack of natural disasters, abundance of clean and cheap energy, abundance of land, and sweet tax deals.

    Oh, and we're nice.
  23. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Oh lord. That canard again. Apple's "fair share" of taxes is what the law says it is. Maybe that's too low in your mind. Maybe you don't look kindly on the existing loopholes. But that is the law. So please let's not falsely imply that Apple is a tax cheat.

    And whatever Apple itself pays in real estate and income taxes it also generates billions in tax revenue because of the # of people it employees directly and also indirectly though suppliers, transport, and other vendors. And all those employed people mean they are not on public assistance further burdening local and state coffers.
  24. hallrac macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2012
    What? nowhere does it say 50 jobs in 2000 acres.
  25. tedwill macrumors newbie


    Apr 13, 2016
    Northville, MI
    Typically, data centers don't require a large staff. Most of the largest data centers have less than 20 people onsite since most of the work is automated or simplified. The data center server setups are done remotely and the hardware is shipped out in bundles. Most of the work done onsite is routine maintenance and HVAC administration. Data centers don't create a lot of jobs other than the initial build out.

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