NC Confirms Maiden Location for Apple Data Center

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Maiden and Catawba County officials in North Carolina confirmed Monday evening that Apple will be locating a new US$1 billion data center in their community.

North Carolina law makers passed legislation that gave Apple special tax incentives to build the new data center in the state. In return, Apple agreed to invest $1 billion in the facility over the next nine years, and to build in an area that needs more jobs.

The data center is expected to employ at least 50 full-time employees, and to create about 250 additional contract jobs in an area that is suffering from high unemployment rates. The state's Department of Commerce is projecting that the server farm could help create as many as 3,000 jobs for the region, some of which will be involved in the center's construction.

After Apple agreed to build its new facility in the state, Governor Purdue commented "We welcome Apple to North Carolina and look forward to working with the company as it begins providing a significant economic boost to local communities and the state."

The tax incentives could save Apple about $46 million over the next ten years, and up to $300 million over the next thirty years. Apple hasn't said how it plans to use the server farm.

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Just wondering aloud here but…
Could Apple (or Google, or Oracle etc.) save some money by using the closed Bog Box stores that seem to litter the landscape for the shell of their data center? I’d think a Wallmart or Home Depot would be big enough and a fair number of the closed ones are only a few years old. I read an article of a Home Depot in Minnesota that closed after just 3 years. Sure they would have to do a bunch of retrofit but they’re going to have to install the HVAC and electrical anyway wherever they go.

Or is there some reason a data center of this scale has to be designed from the foundation up as a data center.

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