Apple eyes 3500 acre Iowa site for its new data centre

Image of a farm in Iowa. Maybe a new Apple data center could be next door

Image of a farm in Iowa. Maybe a new Apple data center could be next door

Apple has been awarded $19.65m in investment tax credits. Iowa is also home to Facebook, Google, and Microsoft data centers.

Apple has today seen $213m approved in incentives to build a large data centre complex in Waukee, Iowa, under what is has been dubbed as "Project Morgan".

It's no coincidence so many technology firms are putting down facilities in Iowa, as the state's electricity rates are not onle some of the lowest in the country, but also free from tax, according to the Des Moines Register.

That's a significant investment in local development from Apple. "At Apple we admire what you guys have accomplished and we want to be a part of it".

Apple said the project will generate more than 550 jobs in construction and operations, but did not specify how many of those jobs would be long-term positions.

Waukee Economic Development Director Dan Dutcher said the fund can hit a maximum level of $100 million. The city already has plans to build a youth sports center, which includes a greenhouse, playground, fishing pier and sports fields, with the funding.

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Some Democratic critics questioned providing tax breaks for what Fortune 500 has called the most profitable company in the world.

The Statehouse event came a few hours after state and local officials had approved incentives to help land the project after a 20-month search process.

"It is a minimal investment for the amount of investment that's being done in the state of Iowa", Reynolds added. "Waukee is proud to welcome Apple", said Waukee Mayor Bill Peard.

Apple is in the final stages of securing planning permission for its $1 billion data centre in Ireland, however the project has faced delays due to a high court appeal, lodged by local residents who fear the facility could be detrimental to the local environment.

Tina Hoffman, spokeswoman for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, told The Washington Post that building the project will bring more wealth to the community.

"They say we should go to Iowa because we have these epicenters there".

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