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- Apple will set up shop in the Research Triangle region in North Carolina.
- The new campus is expected to create 3,000 new jobs in the area.
- The company will also provide millions of dollars in community investment grants and funding.
Apple unveiled Monday the next location for its major office hub: North Carolina.
The construction of a new campus will bring an estimated $1.5 billion to the state as the software company sets up in the Research Triangle — an area located in the Raleigh-Durham area flanked by prestigious universities like Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In addition to the major financial influx, Apple expects 3,000 new jobs in fields like machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and software engineering.
The company also announced a $100 million fund to support schools and surrounding communities, along with $110 million in infrastructure support to up to 80 North Carolina counties.
“At this moment of recovery and rebuilding, Apple is doubling down on our commitment to US innovation and manufacturing with a generational investment reaching communities across all 50 states,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
North Carolina will join other states like California, Colorado, Texas, Washington and Massachusetts as home to Apple offices.
Some expect the tech titan’s arrival in a historically red state to shift demographics with the future job creations. Nonprofit Equality NC, which advocates LGBTQ+ rights, issued a statement that the organization is “thrilled” with Apple’s arrival to North Carolina.
“As a champion of equality and the needs of LGBTQ Americans, we know that the jobs, industry and prospects created by Apple’s expansion into the Triangle will greatly benefit the communities that we serve,” said Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director, Equality NC.
Apple leadership reiterates that the new North Carolina center plays into its 2018 goal of creating 20,000 new jobs by 2023, along with generating $430 billion in economic contributions.
The company also plans on expanding sustainably, with most of its campuses being LEED certified.