The Iowa Economic Development Authority and Governor Kim Reynolds have announced Apple plans to build a $1.3 billion data center in Waukee, Iowa.
Apple plans to purchase 2,000 acres of land in Waukee and will also contribute up to $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to Waukee community development and infrastructure.
The first phase of the project is two state of the art data center facilities. They will serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. Like all Apple data centers, the proposed facilities will run entirely on renewable energy. One building is scheduled to be completed in 2020, the other in 2021. Estimates are the Apple data center build will create over 550 construction jobs
“Apple’s significant investment and commitment to grow in Iowa is a clear vote of confidence in our state,” Gov. Reynolds said. “This announcement further solidifies Iowa as a hub where innovation and technology flourish and demonstrates this is a place where world-class companies can thrive.”
Waukee is a small town of 13,790 people directly west of Des Moines. Apple will get $207 million in incentives for the project, including $20 million from the State of Iowa and $188 million in property tax abatements from Waukee over the next 20 years.