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Virginia could turn into new tech hub as Amazon, Apple consider campuses

Virginia could turn into new tech hub as Amazon, Apple consider campuses

It would seem that the maker of the iPhone needs more space to stretch its wings, which is why Apple is thinking of building a new campus somewhere in the USA and there are two top contenders, at the moment.

The Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

Apple is the latest tech giant to eye Northern Virginia for a large campus bringing tens of thousands of jobs.

Although they said they could not talk about negotiations with Apple, the announcement comes amid rising interest in what incentives might be needed for RTP to land the company's major project.

Interestingly, Northern Virginia wasn't the only potential Apple suitor that leaked this week.

"We're narrowing the site selection for a new USA campus, and we look forward to sharing more information on that later this year", Cook said during Apple's call with investors on April 29.

Amazon's own development plans have been known for a little while longer, though they hasn't been quite as specific.

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Of course, Amazon is also considering Northern Virginia as one of 20 finalists for the 50,000-job HQ2, along with D.C. and Montgomery County, Md.

Northern Virginia may also be a candidate, according to the Washington Post.

However, Virginia certainly already has some stiff competition. However, that does not necessarily mean that North Carolina is the underdog in the bid to attract Apple. A Bloomberg analysis released earlier this month listed North Carolina as one of the states that would likely be in the running for the new campus based on a variety of factors, from tax incentives to human capital.

Although neither Amazon nor Apple has made any concrete decision about their new facilities, the two are going about it in different ways.

Meanwhile, North Carolina is still in the running, specifically the Research Triangle Park.

The WRAL report says that Apple's investment will range between $1.5 and $2 billion, creating up to 10,000 jobs with an average annual salary of around $130,000. Where Amazon has been overt with its plans, leading to many public subsidy offers from states, and some protests from local residents, Apple is being far more secretive and has only promised to announce new plans for its future investment in us facilities later this year.


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