updated 04:30 pm EDT, Tue June 26, 2012
Could be worth $1B to area over next decade
Apple is looking to build a new datacenter in Reno, Nevada, according to local reports. Officials from the company are said to have spoken at a meeting of the Washoe County Commission, with the aim of building the facility at the Reno Technology Park. The company is hoping to start construction in August, and have the center finished by the end of 2012. Apple has in fact confirmed its intentions through an official statement.
"We hope to build Apple's next data center in Reno to support Apple's iTunes Store, App Store and incredibly popular iCloud services," the company says. "If approved, this project would expand our presence in Nevada and create hundreds of construction jobs over the next year, plus permanent jobs at the data center which will add to our existing total of nearly 400 employees in the state."
Apple also claims that the facility could introduce $1 billion to the region over the course of 10 years. A representative from the Governor's Office, Steve Hill, estimates that Apple's plans could bring 500 construction jobs in August, and later establish 230 new jobs with Apple itself, plus another 90 indirect jobs. The Governor's Office of Economic Development is involved in negotiating the deal.
Because of tax structures, the Washoe County School Board must give its approval before the datacenter can go ahead. That topic will be addressed at a meeting Tuesday night; also needed is a green light from Reno City Council, which could happen at a meeting on Wednesday.