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Everything we know about: Apple coming to Iowa

Apple coming to Iowa

The announcement Thursday that tech-giant Apple is building a $1.3 billion data center project in Iowa attracted a lot of attention to the state of Iowa.

Apple announced it will build two data centers on 2,000 acres of land that are scheduled to be finished in January of 2021. The buildings will be located one mile West of Waukee and will create 50 jobs that pay a minimum of $29.12 per hour.

Each building will use 100 percent renewable energy.

State and local officials awarded Apple with more than $207 million in incentives Thursday morning to build the proposed data center.

The Waukee City Council approved a 71 percent property tax abatement over 20 years for Apple—an incentive worth $188,239,943— and the Iowa Economic Development Authority board approved $19.65 million in investment tax credits.

The incentive plan became a polarizing topic across the country.

This is a list of what has been written about Apple coming to Iowa and the fallout from the announcement Thursday.

It will be updated daily as more becomes available.

October 6

Winners (Apple, Waukee) losers (Iowa) in Apple deal – CityView

October 1

Iowa dramatically outspends Minnesota to lure companies like Amazon – StarTribune

September 21

$200 million Apple deal debated during Iowa Ideas panel –

September 3

Will Iowa’s giant data centers spur growth in technology jobs? – The Des Moines Register

September 1

Apple is ready to play politics in Iowa – The Ringer

August 31

Letter to the Editor: Apple deal gets an ‘A’ for return on investment – The Des Moines Register

August 29

Letter to the Editor: Apple Waukee data center deal a win-win for Iowa – The Des Moines Register

Iowa’s handout to Apple illustrates the folly of corporate wellfare deals – The Los Angeles Times

August 25

Column: Apple breaks new ground in squeezing locals for huge tax breaks while offering almost no jobs – Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Where is the debate over Apple giveaway and other tax breaks? – The Des Moines Register

Iowa Republican budget leader ‘not convinced’ on Apple deal – The Des Moines Register

Letter to the Editor: Apple’s 50 jobs got priority over nursing home oversight – The Des Moines Register

Tim Cook is not running for President – USA Today

Apple CEO Tim Cook responds to Trump, creates more jobs in US – The Indian Express

August 24

Tim Cook is welcomed in Iowa –

Apple will open data centers in Waukee –

Apple CEO Tim Cook touts its new data center jobs as ‘future’ of America – CNBC

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Iowa, RAGBRAI and The Iowa State Fair – The Des Moines Register


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