New Apple HQ might land in the South

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Apple might be moving into the D.C. area.
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North Carolina and Northern Virginia have risen as two likely candidates for Apple’s third headquarters.

The new location of the new Apple HQ is supposed to be revealed by the end of 2018. According to a new report, one of the spots Apple is looking at is in the same area that Amazon is eying too.

Apple is quietly exploring the possibility of creating an HQ in Northern Virginia that would hold 20,000 employees, according to the Washington Post. The proximity to Washington D.C. has made the area an attractive place for Silicon Valley’s top companies.

Apple Goes South

Another area that Apple is looking into is Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. The site is near Raliegh and Durham and is surrounded by the Univerisity of North Carolina, NC State and Duke University.

Research Triangle Park has 22 million square feet of office space. Apple is only seeking about 4 million square feet, while Amazon is looking for about 8 million square feet.

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with North Carolina’s governor over the weekend to talk about the prospect, based on a report from Triangle Business Journal. Cook was already in the area giving the commencement speech at Duke.

Some southern charm could be exactly what Apple needs for the new headquarters. Most employees at the site will be focused on technical support.