Apple will be building a massive $1 billion expansion of its Reno data center, five years after it first opened the Nevada facility. The expansion will provide 100 new jobs in the region, while construction will add an extra 300 temporary positions.
“We’re excited to be increasing our contributions to the local economy with an additional $1 billion investment to expand our data center and supporting facilities,” said Apple spokesperson John Rosenstock.
Last week, Apple updated its website to boast about creating 2 million jobs around the United States. The company singled out Reno as a city where it holds key investments. Cook has also talked publicly about Apple’s decision to make a $1 billion investment aimed at boosting high-tech jobs in the United States.
Yesterday, Apple got a good bit more Reno-related news when a proposal to purchase half a city block in the downtown area, for use as a “purchasing and receiving” center, was granted by Reno City Council.
The $4 million proposal was approved with a six-to-one vote on Wednesday. “The acquisition of the Apple facility will provide economic and fiscal benefits to the City of Reno and Washoe County, Nevada, and will serve as a catalyst to attracting other tenants, people, businesses and economic activity to the district,” the Council said in its decision.
The purchase of the lot, as well as the expansion of the data center, will make Apple eligible for millions of dollars in tax breaks.