Apple to build $1.3 billion iCloud data center in Iowa

Apple to build $1.3 billion iCloud data center in Iowa
August 24 18:56 2017

Apple on Thursday announced plans to spend $1.3 billion on a new data center located in Waukee, Iowa’s Des Moines area.

The 400,000-square-foot facility should better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, App Store and other Apple services. Construction will start early next year and Apple plans to bring it online in 2020.

The facility will run entirely on renewable energy from day one, including energy from wind and other sources. Additionally, the company will contribute a cool $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to community development and infrastructure in the Waukee area.

Managed by the City of Waukee, the fund will support the development of community projects like parks, libraries and recreational spaces, as well as infrastructure needs.

The first project the fund will support is construction of the Waukee Youth Sports Campus featuring a greenhouse, playground, fishing pier and fields for high school and public sporting events.

CEO Tim Cook was quoted as saying that the upcoming data center will add to the more than 10,000 jobs the company already supports across Iowa although only 50 engineers should be employed permanently to manage the facility.

The investment will also create over 550 construction and operations jobs. Waukee Mayor Bill Peard said that the new facility will bring with it high-quality jobs and important infrastructure developments for the city.

Apple often mentioned that it’s responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 US states. Having pledged to power all of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, the iPhone maker’s already reached that goal in the US and 23 other countries.

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