Apple to open $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas

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Austin campus
Apple's existing campus in Austin.
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Apple will open a new 133-acre campus in Austin, Texas — approximately 1,500 miles from its Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino.

The $1 billion headquarters will initially house 5,000 employees, although this number will eventually expand to 15,000 people. Apple also plans new sites in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, California.

Apple already has a presence in Austin. With 6,200 people working there, this is Apple’s second biggest concentration of employees after Cupertino. Its new campus will be located less than one mile away from Apple’s existing offices.

It will be used for a wide variety of tasks, including engineering, R&D, operations, sales, and more. The expansion will make it Austin’s biggest private employer.

“Apple is among the world’s most innovative companies and an avid creator of jobs in Texas and across the country,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a statement. “Their decision to expand operations in our state is a testament to the high-quality workforce and unmatched economic environment that Texas offers. I thank Apple for this tremendous investment in Texas, and I look forward to building upon our strong partnership to create an even brighter future for the Lone Star State.”

In a press release, Tim Cook stated that: “Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin. Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide.”

The new campus will boast 50 acres of preserved open space. As with all Apple facilities around the world, it will be powered entirely by renewable energy.