The city of Austin, Texas may have missed out on being selected by Amazon for their new headquarters, but they can take some solace in Apple’s decision to build a massive, $1 billion campus in Austin, adding to the 2 Apple facilities already located in the city.
The new 133-acre project will make Apple the largest private employer in the city, initially adding 5,000 employees to the over 6,000 currently employed by Apple in Austin. The new facility will eventually employ close to 15,000 people handling jobs ranging from engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales and customer support.
In keeping with Apple’s commitment to responsible, eco-friendly growth, the new Austin campus will include over 50 acres of preserved open space and, just like all Apple facilities worldwide, it will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
“Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide.”
While Apple is expected to receive up to $25 million from a jobs-creation fund, it’s nowhere near the up to $2.8 billion in incentives Amazon stands to receive in return for the expansion on New York.
This latest announcement is part of Apple’s commitment in January 2018 to invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy. Apple also announced plans to expand in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City over the course of the next 3 years with each state gaining over 1,000 new employees. Apple currently employs over 90,000 people nationwide.
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