Separate reports from North Carolina and Northern Virginia suggested yesterday that Apple was considering both East Coast locations for its upcoming fourth US campus, but a new report is adding significant weight to North Carolina's prospects.
Amazon may be garnering numerous headlines, as the Seattle-based e-commerce and tech giant continues the process of picking a location for its second corporate headquarters, which has been dubbed HQ2. The DC Metro area, which includes tech-centric Northern Virginia, is often considered the leading contender for HQ2, since Amazon selected three separate sites in the region as finalists. Interestingly, "many of the jobs would be high-tech research and development jobs", the report says, suggesting that Apple expects to expand the site beyond its initially noted technical support functions. The new campus will hold call center workers at first.
His company announced in January that it intends to build a new Apple campus, but has gone about the search without publicly soliciting offers from localities. BusinessInsider claims that it's also very interested in the potential of North Carolina's Research Triangle region. Also, Cook, who delivered the commencement address at Duke University, in Raleigh last weekend, earned an MBA degree from the school.
Tens of thousands of the world's brightest technology developers could be heading to Northern Virginia in the next few years, as two of the world's largest tech companies are said to be considering building their next facilities there. Where Amazon has been overt with its plans, leading to many public subsidy offers from states, and some protests from local residents, Apple is being far more secretive and has only promised to announce new plans for its future investment in USA facilities later this year.
Apple has looked at land around Interstate 540 according to Triangle Business
To put this into perspective, the space Apple is requesting is roughly two-thirds the size of the Pentagon. According to a report from WRAL.com, North Carolina was Apple's favored location from the beginning.
At the Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California.
It would seem that the maker of the iPhone needs more space to stretch its wings, which is why Apple is thinking of building a new campus somewhere in the US and there are two top contenders, at the moment.