updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue May 26, 2009
North Carolina server farm
North Carolina may be willing to provide special tax favors for Apple, should the company decide to build a server farm in the state, writes the Charlotte Observer. A state official cited by the paper says that a new bill, nearing approval, would offer breaks to corporations with a minority marketshare in the region but large quantities of property and workers. The bill is said to be explicitly aimed at luring the proposed Apple server farm, which could in theory save the company $46 million over the course of 10 years.
As a tradeoff Apple would be expected to spend at least $1 billion in the state over a duration of nine years, and situate the farm in one the poorer counties. Catawba and Cleveland are said to be two primary candidates. Less than 100 full-time workers would be employed initially, but the number of jobs could grow if the farm increases in importance. The kinds of data Apple would host at the site remain unknown.