It seems that state authorities are so keen to be supported with Apple that they’re willing to spend – or rather not earn – a lot of money just to have them build their facilities on their land.
This is the case with Nevada, whose Board of Economic Development lured Apple to build a data centre near the town of Sparks by offering them $89 million in tax breaks. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval declared the move a ‘win’ for the state, as it’s hoped Apple’s presence there will lure other businesses to the area. The Governor’s office is convinced that they pulled off the coup thanks to the tax break clause.
“If we had not implemented that statute we would not have Apple here,” said Steve Hill, head of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development who began negotiating with the Cupertino, Calif.-based high tech firm in February.
Now that the statute’s been passed, Apple will build a 350-acre data centre, which will employ at least 35 full-time workers as well as up to 200 contract workers. They also plan to build a business centre near the town of Reno, which is apparently in desperate need of an economic boost. Apple is expected to invest $1bn over the next 10 years in the region.
[Source: Fox Reno]