WaPo: Apple considers NoVa for new campus

WaPo: Apple considers NoVa for new campus

Almost 8 months after Amazon selected three local jurisdictions in Northern Virginia as part of its high-profile search for a North American headquarters outside of Seattle, a new report by The Washington Post is claiming that Apple is also exploring the possibility of opening another headquarters for about 20,000 employees in Northern Virginia. Apple, too, is on the hunt for a new campus that will employ thousands of workers.

"While we talk to many companies and their executive teams about the advantages North Carolina can offer their businesses, we do not comment on the details of these discussions until a site selection decision has been publicly released", wrote David Rhoades, communications director of the N.C. Department of Commerce, in an email to The Chronicle Wednesday.

Earlier today, we reported that Apple was looking at a spot in North Carolina to expand its operations on the East Coast.

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly met with NC Governor Roy Cooper when the former was in Durham to give a commencement address at Duke University. A number of major companies take up residence in RTP including SAS, Cisco, IBM, and Lenovo (which has its USA headquarters in Morrisville, NC), with companies feeding off fresh talent from nearby Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State University. That's in contrast to Amazon's search for a second headquarters, which issued an open request for proposals.

"Some of the things that are drawing Amazon are what would draw any tech company, a company looking for intellectual horsepower", he said. "No one is going to locate somewhere they expect the employees to fall out of an airplane". But, with both tech titans potentially considering Northern Virginia, the state could find itself in the driver's seat, instead of having to pay a lot in incentives to attract the new development.

Apple has said it plans to spend $30B over five years on new facilities and hiring 20K employees.

Bre Bradham contributed reporting.

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