Apple's Iowa data center could make Siri better in the US

Friday, 25 Aug, 2017

"This new data center will play a very important role in the App Store's continued success", Cook said.

It's no coincidence so many technology firms are putting down facilities in Iowa, as the state's electricity rates are not onle some of the lowest in the country, but also free from tax, according to the Des Moines Register. "Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we're proud today's investment will add to the more than 10,000 jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community".

"We're honored Apple is choosing Iowa for the site of its most technologically advanced data center to date", said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds in a statement.

Cook promised to invest $100 million to a newly created public improvement fund to be used for community development, including the revitalization of streets, libraries and parks. "This puts Iowa on the world stage".

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Waukee this afternoon to announce the deal alongside Gov. Reynolds and other local politicians.

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No details about Project Morgan have been released publicly, and it's not entirely clear whether Apple has made the final decision to build in Waukee. The company plans to build a $1.3 billion facility in Waukee, which is about 20 minutes outside the state's capital.

"It's always unfortunate that we always focus on 'well, it's just 50 jobs, ' because we're really not impacting what this really means and how this is really changing the knowledge economy in Iowa", Durham said.

"It's anticipated that a data center employs 1,688 local workers during the construction phase of this project", Murray said.

Silicon Valley CEOs have publicly prioritized creating tech jobs in America over the past year, with many trying to walk a delicate line to appease both supporters of President Donald Trump and Silicon Valley's more liberal workforce.

"With a billion-plus investment, it will also create many spinoff and construction-related jobs", she said.