Apple to open $1bn centre in Austin

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Apple is expanding to Austin, Texas, with a new campus and has announced plans to build additional sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City. The Austin site will be located near existing facilities – less than a mile down the road.

It will stretch across 133 acres of land, and is capable of accepting 15,000 people. In the beginning, however, it will have 5,000 employees. Apple said that its new Texas campus will tackle R&D, operations, finance, sales and customer support.

We don't know when the new facilities will open, though. It will cost the company $1 billion to build it. However, the state of Texas will be giving it $25 million in grants, and “what's likely to be tens of millions of dollars in local property tax abatements”, Axios believes.

The new spaces will feature 50 acres of preserved open space. As usual, everything will be powered by 100 per cent green energy.

Apple also said it plans further expansion across the States, with offices planned in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, and new employment opportunities in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston and Portland, Oregon. The Nashville, Tennessee office was recently opened, and Apple’s Miami place is going to double in size, the company claims.

“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,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”

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