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Apple plans to build $1bn data centre in Nevada by 2012 end

The company’s latest datacentre near Sparks will be dedicated to iCloud

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple is looking to invest $1bn over the next decade and build a major datacentre at the Reno Technology Park, in Sparks, Nevada, US.

Apple representatives reportedly attended a Washoe County Commission meeting to discuss the proposed plans that include the construction of a datacentre located east of Reno and a business office in downtown Reno along with a shipping centre, Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

For the business centre project, Apple is said to receive $89m in tax break from the state government that will reduce the company’s tax burden by about 79%, according to an analysis of the project by Applied Economics.

The Sparks facility will support its various online services like iCloud, iTunes, and the App Store as well as Apple’s data centers in Maiden, North Carolina and Newark, California, and a data centre currently underprogress in Prineville, Oregon.

"If approved, this project would expand our presence in Nevada and create hundreds of construction jobs over the next year, plus permanent jobs at the data center which will add to our existing total of nearly 400 employees in the state," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said in a statement.

The technology industrial park spanning about 2,200 acres, will have 1.5 million square feet of space for Apple’s data centre with 1,000 acres for other data centres.

If approved, the target is to commence construction in August and complete by the end of 2012.

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The Governor’s Office estimates indicate the project would result in over 500 construction jobs with $343m in economic impact to the local community.

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