updated 02:15 pm EDT, Tue July 14, 2009
iDataCenter not confirmed
Apple is still refusing to confirm that Maiden, NC, will be the site for the companies new 5000,000-square foot iDataCenter, says Data Center Knowledge . The report notes that the land in Maiden is still being acquired, as The Catawba County Economic Development Corp. is purchasing the land that will be resold to Apple for the same price. The land is being purchased from Don Beaver, the owner of two baseball teams, for market value and will be flipped to Apple once the land is officially annexed into Maiden.
Apple plans to invest about $1 billion in the state over the course of nine years and could generate 3,000 jobs in Catawba. The iDataCenter is an economic bombshell that North Carolina officials are eager to facilitate, approving legislation that favors Apple with $46 million in tax breaks.
The iDataCenter would become Apple's east-coast operations hub, utilizing the three-hour time difference with the Cupertino headquarters. According to the report, Apple was attracted to the land because of the location's access to large amounts of primary and backup supplies of power and water.