Apple has planned to build a $1.375 billion data centre in Waukee near Des Moines, Apple and Iowa officials confirmed on Thursday, with $207.8 million in incentives approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Waukee city council.
Apple will be purchasing 2,000 acres of land in Waukee to construct two data centres. The company will get a $19.65 million investment tax credit for producing 50 jobs. There will be other jobs created during building, though specific numbers were not yet disclosed.
Speaking alongside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the facility “will create hundreds of jobs for people in Iowa from construction to engineering.”
Cook said Apple will add up to $100 million toward a “public improvement fund” for Waukee. The first project financed by the fund will be a youth sports complex that “will be open to all,” Cook said.
The majority of the support is a planned $188.2 million property tax decrease of 71 percent over 20 years provided by Waukee, according to economic development officials.
The Iowa data centre will meet Apple facilities in California, Nevada, Oregon and North Carolina, which also entertain services such as iCloud, Apple Music and the App Store.
“This new data center will play a very important role in the App Store’s continued success,” Cook said. “As the App Store grows, we look forward to growing in Iowa.”
Facebook, Google and Microsoft also own data centres in Iowa.
Apple will spend $110 million to obtain and prepare the land for its data centres in Iowa, according to economic development officials.
The amount of the costs, $620 million, will go towards building. Apple will spend $600 million on computer equipment, with $45 million going toward other equipments.