Apple has just announced plans to build a massive new $1 billion east coast headquarters right here in North Carolina. According to an official press release from the company, the new campus “will create at least 3,000 new jobs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering, and other cutting-edge fields”. The starting salary of the 3,000 new workers will average $187,000 per year, according to the NC commerce department.
The new 1 million square foot campus will be located in Wake County’s Research Triangle Park off NC 540 between Cary and Morrisville.
It will become Apple’s first new full-scale US campus they’ve built in over 20 years and their first major campus on the East Coast.
This morning, Governor Roy Cooper, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Senator Dan Blue, Speaker Tim Moore, and Rep. Robert Reives sent out the following statement:
“Innovation has long been North Carolina’s calling card and Apple’s decision to build this new campus in the Research Triangle showcases the importance of our state’s favorable business climate, world-class universities, our tech-ready workforce, and the welcoming and diverse communities that make so many people want to call North Carolina home. This announcement will benefit communities across our state and we are proud to work together to continue to grow our economy and bring transformational industries and good paying jobs to North Carolina.”
Welcome to North Carolina, @Apple. pic.twitter.com/JEVbRVioF2
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) April 26, 2021
Apple also announced it will be establishing a $100 million fund to support schools and community initiatives in North Carolina, and will be contributing over $110 million in infrastructure spending to the 80 North Carolina counties with the greatest need — funds that will go toward broadband, roads and bridges, and public schools. When up and running, Apple’s investments are expected to generate over $1.5 billion in economic benefits annually for our state.