Apple Inc. could bring $1 billion in economic impact to northern Nevada

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Updated: 6/26/2012 5:19 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – Apple Inc. wants to bring a new data center to Northern Nevada.

News 4’s Ben Briscoe is at the Washoe County Commission meeting, where Officials from Apple are speaking to commissioners.

Ben is reporting, if approved, the data center would be built at the Reno Technology Park.

According to Ben, Apple wants to begin construction in August with completion estimated for the end of the year.

Apple's comment on bringing the data center to Reno is as follows:

"We hope to build Apple's next data center in Reno to support Apple's iTunes Store, App Store and incredibly popular iCloud services. 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."

Steve Hill of from the Governor’s Office estimates the plant would bring 500 construction jobs in August. 230 direct jobs and 90 indirect jobs coming upon completion.

Mary-Sarah Kinner, the Press Secretary for the Governor’s Office confirms to News 4 the Governor's Office of Economic Development is involved in the deal to bring Apple to Northern Nevada.

Apple Estimates the data center would bring with it about $1 billion in economic impact to the region over the course of 10 years.

The data center would be used for storage for Apple’s cloud system.

Because of the tax structure, the Washoe County School Board has to sign off before a deal can become official. The board is meeting tonight to discuss the deal.

Reno City Council also has to sign off on the deal. According to Michele Anderson with the City of Reno, the Council is expected to take action at tomorrow’s meeting.

Washoe County chairman Bob Larkin commented, saying:

"The Washoe County Board of Commissioners recognizes that, as a leader in the global economy, Apple has many choices worldwide for where they can locate and invest hundreds of millions of dollars, and the Board is extremely proud to endorse this project and be in the running to partner with them on such a prestigious economic development project. Having Apple in our community would put us on the global economic development map for other related industries.” Larkin continued, “This proposed high speed data center could bring hundreds of much needed construction jobs to our area in the coming months. In addition, Apple promises the investment of $1 billion dollars in our region over the next 10 years. The agreement to move forward with this project represents a watershed moment for our region's economic future."

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Daddyooo - 6/27/2012 8:40 PM
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First off.. NVWatch Dog grow up.. if you hate it here so much then move. A real man handles his business and doesn't cry about it. So go file a appeal and leave the tissues in the women's bathroom. Doze21 @.10 its still cheaper than a lot of other areas. There are also other factors like internet backbone, employee, taxes and weather etc. Its not always good to enter in a new area where there are other centers are already located. The hourly wage will start to climb faster than if they were the only center. My company had this issue in Brea where more and more call centers were opening up. Employees would play the bounce game till the point of making it the highest cost center in my corp. The employees were milking it to the point of trying to get a union going on top of it to drive up wage more. So most of the companies packed up and left for cheaper employment. I am not a Apple fan boy but thats awesome if they want to come here.

Rob1983 - 6/26/2012 9:23 PM
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Such negativity, it's not like they're bringing a nuclear waste storage facility with them. Construction jobs are, by their nature, temporary, people understand that. And hey, 200 - 300 permanent jobs are nothing to sneeze at. As far as where they've been looking to build, just because they've announced a project here, doesn't mean they're NOT going to build in Quincy, WA, a well. The "Cloud" requires a LOT of infrastructure and no company keeps all their data centers in one place. They all have data centers in several places across the globe. If you want to see about a job there, check Apple's website for a careers link and set up a profile. More importantly, get in touch with a recruiter and let them know what you hope to do there.

Ktkt1955 - 6/26/2012 8:53 PM
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Where would an individual go to find work in the Apple Company? I am currently and actively seeking a job now?

Doze21 - 6/26/2012 8:48 PM
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Something doesn't add up on this. Apple reps were in Quincy, Washington a couple of months ago looking at land there. Microsoft, Yahoo, Intuit, Dell and more all have there data centers in Quincy because power is less than 2 cents a kilowatt hour there. Yet, Nevada Power charges around 10 cents. Either Apple got a sweetheart deal for cheap power with all the other Nevada Power ratepayers subsidizing Apple or there's something else going on here. Oh yeah, all those construction jobs go away after a year and you're left with mostly a few low paying security guard jobs.

Kramer - 6/26/2012 6:31 PM
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embarrassing how un-attuned the writing for this story. i assume in Apple-land (Silicon valley) an adult business communications writer wouldn't misplace so many commas. Please explain the WCSD issue "due to the tax structure"? Are we STAR-struck again?? Ah, nee va DUH. Also, i like the estimate of "93 indirect jobs". What, a "50 to 100" isn't rosy enough? Are we counting sign-waggling promo people on corners? rickshaw coffee vendors? apple polishers? haha remember folks, a "data center' will consume plenty of electricity. And the products are mostly from China (they are leaders in solar panels, look out below!)

NVWatch Dog - 6/26/2012 4:52 PM
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Apple stay our of Nevada it's far too corrupt here... You will regret it.
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