Today, Apple and Iowa representatives officially confirmed the news of several projects launching in the American state. While these seem to be future plans, the inceptions are not far away. Consequently, the bonding between the brand and the land aims at social welfare through technology and more. Let us go through the plans for this partnership.
The first project Apple and Iowa partnership are building is a state-of-the-art data center in the city of Waukee of the state. It will be a 400,000-square-foot infrastructure aimed at better serving North American users. Similar to every other Apple data center, the facility will be running on renewable energy entirely right from the first day.
It is an investment of Apple that counts to $1.3 billion. It will lead to the creation of over 550 construction and operations jobs across Des Moines, Iowa. On the other hand, Apple is further contributing $100 million to the Public Improvement Fund. In fact, it is a newly created fund dedicated to the development of the community around Waukee.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, noted that Apple created about 2 million jobs in all 50 American states. While this will add to the tally, it is also serving millions of users in North America. In this regard, users inclined more towards using the apps like Apple Music, Siri, iMessage, App Store, and other Apple services were mentioned.
As for the new improvement fund of the Apple and Iowa partnership, it will serve Waukee, the city, with community projects and infrastructure. The community projects basically include libraries, parks, and recreational spaces. The first project is the Waukee Youth Sports Campus having a greenhouse, fishing pier, playground, and fields for the public and high school sports events.
As long as renewable energy is concerned, Apple will have local partners for investing in powering the data center. Apple has already achieved its aim to have all of its global operations run on renewable energy. Not just the U.S., 23 other countries have received the same treatment.
Apple and Iowa coinciding
Lowa governor Kim Reynolds was caught expressing pride in his state being chosen by Apple. He went on further to say that Apple’s attributes in aiming at serving society coincide with the same of Iowa.
Bill Peard, the Waukee Mayor, said, “We look forward to a continued partnership with Apple on this effort for decades to come.”
We can expect construction to begin early next year. Apple is planning to bring the data center online by 2020.
In relation to this, Apple spent more than $50 million last year with over 9,000 U.S. manufacturers and suppliers. The American developers have earned more than $16 billion only in App Store worldwide sales. This reads since the introduction of the App Store in 2008.