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


The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook held meetings with the governor of the state, Roy Cooper as well as with the commerce secretary, Tony Copeland.

Apple has its eye on two east coast states as it decides where to build its newest campus. While Cook was in the city atop the weekend to give the convocation speech at Duke University. The officials have proposed several possible locations for the new Apple headquarters, with two of the locations also offered to Amazon.

Cooper's office neither confirmed nor denied the report to Business Insider. Where Amazon has been overt with its plans, leading to many public subsidy offers from states, and some protests from local residents, Apple is being far more secretive and has only promised to announce new plans for its future investment in USA facilities later this year.

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By contrast, Amazon is said to be exploring the Research Triangle area as a contender for a second headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs.

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

In January, Apple pledged a $350 billion investment into the USA economy over the next five years, and part of that plan is the opening of a new Apple headquarters.

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Know anything about Apple's new campus? The current proposal calls for a bare minimum of 3,000 new jobs at the new Apple facility, with an expansion to between 5,000 to 10,000 jobs once the project is fully complete.

Apple didn't immediately return a request for comment. 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. Officials from the state reportedly pitched locations in Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties to Apple people.

North Carolina's incentive deal is said not to include any upfront grant money to the world's largest company.

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"We're narrowing the site selection for a new USA campus, and we look forward to sharing more information on that later this year", Cook said on April 29. Interestingly, "many of the jobs would be high-tech research and development jobs", the report says, suggesting that Apple expects to expand the site beyond its initially noted technical support functions.