Apple plans $1 billion growth at information center in Nevada

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Eric Risberg/ AP In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 file picture, a guy strolls past the Apple logo during a product display for Apple TELEVISION following an Apple event in San Francisco.

Wednesday, Might 10, 2017|7:50 p.m.

RENO– Apple announced strategies Wednesday for a $1 billion expansion of its huge data center east of Reno, doubling its investment and approximately tripling its workforce at the innovation campus where company officials expect to employ 100 additional employees.

The statement came as the Reno City board authorized Apple’s plans to construct a $4 million shipping and receiving storage facility on a vacant lot in downtown Reno that will make it eligible for countless dollars in tax breaks.

“We’re delighted to be increasing our contributions to the regional economy with an additional $1 billion investment to expand our information center and supporting facilities,” Apple representative John Rosenstock said in an email to The Associated Press. “As part of our development, we plan to employ 100 workers and expect building and construction will support an extra 300 jobs.”

Last week, Apple revealed a new $1 billion fund targeted at producing more U.S. manufacturing tasks, but provided few information. As part of a method emphasizing its role in the U.S. economy, it also launched a state-by-state breakdown of where its 80,000 U.S. staff members work– more than half in California’s Silicon Valley.

Apple presently has more than 700 workers in Nevada, which Rosentock said is home to the company’s biggest solar financial investment, “powering our information center with tidy energy.”

The 5-year-old $1 billion information center is located in the Reno Technology Center near the Tracy creating station along Interstate 80. It’s between Reno and the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center where Tesla’s huge battery factory is based about 15 miles east of Reno-Sparks.

Apple was awarded $89 million in state residential or commercial property and sales tax reductions when it devoted to the information center in 2012.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said it was “the first major financial development success in Northern Nevada and assisted place this area on the technology and development map.”

“Apple’s decision to increase their local investment by $1 billion is a testimony to our successful partnership and a demonstration that the very best business worldwide are coming to Nevada, creating hundreds of jobs, investing in our neighborhoods and making our state their irreversible house,” he stated in a declaration Wednesday.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus voted against the downtown land offer Wednesday, calling for an end to unjust tax offers for “some powerful, well-connected corporations and not the rest of us.”

Mayor Hillary Schieve and Councilman Paul McKenzie stated the whole city will take advantage of the developments.

“Apple doesn’t simply pay, they use a living wage,” McKenzie stated.

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