A new home for innovation in America’s heartland brought Tim Cook to Des Moines Thursday afternoon.
Cook—the CEO of Apple—spoke for ten minutes at a press conference outside the Iowa State Capitol announcing plans for a $1.3 billion project in Waukee. Apple will build two data centers a mile West of Waukee that are powered completely by renewable energy.
These data centers serve users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services.
The project was approved unanimously Thursday morning by the Waukee City Council and Iowa Economic Development Authority.
The press conference served as a celebration.
Cook said across Iowa, businesses, schools, developers and government are coming together.
And Apple has taken notice.
“At Apple, we admire what you guys have accomplished,” Cook said. “And we want to be apart of it.”
Cook announced that in addition to the $1.3 billion investment in the data center at Waukee, Apple will also invest $100 million in a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to Waukee community development and infrastructure.
“After all, you are putting your faith in us, and we believe that ought to be a two-way street,” Cook says.
The fund will build and revitalize the infrastructure that supports streets and sidewalks, libraries and parks. The first project constructed will be a youth sports complex.
Cook said Apple has 30 suppliers in Iowa they use for parts to their products; Apple has 9,000 suppliers and manufacturers in the United States of America.
After the press release Cook and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds visited the Waukee Apex building.