Apple's Iowa data center could make Siri better in the US

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Like Apple's other USA data centers, the Iowa one will produce 100 percent renewable energy, he said. The Des Moines Register reported Thursday that Apple's been given about $207 million in local and state tax incentives.

Cook promised to invest $100 million to a newly created public improvement fund to be used for community development, including the revitalization of streets, libraries and parks.

The Iowa data center will join Apple facilities in California, Nevada, Oregon and North Carolina, which also host services such as iCloud, Apple Music and the App Store.

The Statehouse event came a few hours after state and local officials had approved incentives to help land the project after a 20-month search process. "This puts Iowa on the world stage".

"Every day they make it possible for Apple users to send tens of billions of messages, to save more than a billion photos, and to place tens of millions of Facetime video calls", Cook said.

The next great Apple data center powered by renewable energy is coming soon to Iowa. "This investment in our state is vital as we continue to develop as a technology hub and grow our workforce".

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The decision was lauded by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican. "And as you look at the age demographics and the growth of Iowa, I think it's really hard to challenge the fact there are ancillary growth benefits from making an investment like this", he said.

"It's anticipated that a data center employs 1,688 local workers during the construction phase of this project", Murray said.

Formerly owned by 28 private owners, the city recently made negotiations for voluntary annexations of the land a priority, although a spokesperson acknowledged that this was merely sped up by the prospect of an Apple development and would have happened sooner or later regardless.

Chris Murray discussed details of the project with fellow members of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board.

"With a billion-plus investment, it will also create many spinoff and construction-related jobs", she said.