A Bloomberg analysis released earlier this month listed North Carolina as one of the states that would likely be in the running for the new campus based on a variety of factors, from tax incentives to human capital.
Separate reports from North Carolina and Northern Virginia suggested yesterday that Apple was considering both East Coast locations for its upcoming fourth USA campus, but a new report is adding significant weight to North Carolina's prospects. It is a place where Amazon is also thinking about its new campus.
North Carolina is already home to one of Apple's data centers, and several members of Apple's leadership have connections to the Triangle area.
Cook was in the region to give a commencement speech at Duke University on May 13.
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"We're narrowing the site selection for a new USA campus, and we look forward to sharing more information on that later this year", Cook said during Apple's call with investors on April 29. The company is looking at plots of land in Northern Virginia and in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP).
As Fortune notes, Apple's method for trying to find a location for its second campus is markedly different from Amazon's approach to finding the next spot for another headquarters. "We're not doing a beauty-contest kind of thing", CEO Tim Cook recently told Recode's Kara Swisher. The new campuses will not be anything like the previous ones. This means that 20,000 new jobs will be created by Apple which is indeed a good thing for the U.S. economy. The current proposal calls for a bare minimum of 3,000 new jobs at the new Apple facility, with an expansion to between 5,000 to 10,000 jobs once the project is fully complete.
Apple wasn't immediately available to comment on its plans, nor was Cooper's office.
There are also some connections to the company that could help Northern Virginia's chances. 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. It would also seem that one of the planned means of enticing the iPhone maker to choose the state is via incentive packages that Gov. Roy Cooper is putting together.