Apple's proposed North Carolina campus is nearly a 'done deal'

At the Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino California.                  James Martin  CNET

At the Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino California. James Martin CNET

One report said that North Carolina's Research Triangle Park was the favored option, while another suggested that Northern Virginia was still very much in the running ...

It would seem that the maker of the iPhone needs more space to stretch its wings, which is why Apple is thinking of building a new campus somewhere in the USA and there are two top contenders, at the moment. Numerous first new hires at the facility will be call center workers.

"As we do on many economic development efforts, the Governor's office worked closely with the legislature and other interested parties on this change that can help bring even more jobs to North Carolina", said Ford Porter.

Apple's plans are part of a pledge the company has made to invest $350 billion in the United States over the next five years, hire 20,000 more Apple employees, and set up a new Apple campus. Officials from the state reportedly pitched locations in Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties to Apple people.

Lawmakers in North Carolina are apparently making a bid for Apple to build its next campus in the state and the Research Triangle Park is apparently at the top of the list for possible sites, CNBC reports.

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Unlike Apple, Amazon has not been quiet in its search for a new headquarters. Also, Cook, who delivered the commencement address at Duke University, in Raleigh last weekend, earned an MBA degree from the school. Although it has many competitors, Northern Virginia has three separate developmental sites selected as finalists in Amazon's consideration, so it's one of the front-runners. The company also is expected to spend $900 million to $1 billion on a new data center in Catawba County, where it already has a facility.

"We're not doing a beauty-contest kind of thing", Apple CEO Tim Cook told Recode's Kara Swisher in a recent interview.

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

Republican legislators planned to meet Wednesday afternoon to hear details of a state incentives package that would allow Apple to hold onto a portion of the taxes generated by the project.

North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore did not respond to a request for comment.

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