Separate reports from North Carolina and Northern Virginia suggested yesterday that Apple was considering both East Coast locations for its upcoming fourth USA campus, but a new report is adding significant weight to North Carolina's prospects.
It would seem that the maker of the iPhone needs more space to stretch its wings, which is why Apple is thinking of building a new campus somewhere in the USA and there are two top contenders, at the moment. Cook earned his MBA from Duke University in 1988 and is quite familiar with the area.
Apple's move into North Carolina is expected to consist of two stages: a 1,000-employee leased site off Weston Parkway in Cary, followed by a move to a 300-acre site in Research Triangle Park in Wake County.
Cooper's office neither confirmed nor denied the report to Business Insider.
The thought of Apple setting up a new, large shop all the way across the country from its Cupertino headquarters is not so far-fetched an idea. "We're not doing a beauty-contest kind of thing", CEO Tim Cook recently told Recode's Kara Swisher. It would seem that officials are thinking that Apple might be looking for a more suburban setup. Apple previously announced that it planned to spend $30 billion and hire 20,000 employees in the United States over the next five years. The new campuses will not be anything like the previous ones. 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.
North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore did not respond to 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.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is said to be negotiating an incentive package to attract Apple, though it has not yet been presented to the General Assembly of the state.
"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.
The last Apple campus to break ground was its long-in-developmentApple Park.