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AUSTIN, Texas — Apple will expand to seven cities in the coming years—The iPhone maker will build a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, and open new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, to broaden its U.S. footprint.
Apple expects the 133-acre Austin campus to generate 5,000 jobs initially and potentially 10,000 more later. It also plans to expand in other U.S. cities, including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado, over the next three years, “with the potential for additional expansion elsewhere.” The other new locations will have more than 1,000 employees each.
However, Raleigh, nor any other North Carolina city, did not make the cut. Apple’s announcement came a month after Amazon likewise announced they would not be in the Tar Heel state.
Apple and Amazon announced in early 2018 and late 2017 respectively that they were seeking to expand their businesses to new locations. Cities across the country offered economic incentive packages and marketed their best features.
NC’s 2015 ‘Bathroom Bill’ may have kept Amazon’s HQ2 away according to documents obtained through public record requests and may have been a factor in Apple’s elimination of NC as a possible new location.
The new campus in Austin will start with jobs in engineering, research and development, operations, finance, sales, and customer support. It will be less than a mile from existing Apple facilities.