Apple is investing $1 billion to expand its footprint in Austin

Apple is building a new $1 billion campus in Austin

Apple picks Austin for new campus

Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub.

The iGiant announced the plans for the U.S. expansion today, buttering up the administration with promises of 20,000 new jobs in the country by 2023.

Apple's lengthy blog post about the expansions went into some detail on the new Austin campus-it will be located in North Austin and it will occupy 133 acres. It will also be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

Apple's Reno data center is one marked for expansion.                  Image Apple
Apple's Reno data center is one marked for expansion. Image Apple

Apple's current facility in Austin. Apple also pledged to add hundreds of new jobs each in New York, Pittsburgh, Boston, Boulder, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon.

Apple defended itself in its Thursday announcement by noting that the company now employs more than 90,000 people in all fifty states, including 37,000 at its Cupertino facility.

The Austin announcement comes almost a year after Apple disclosed it would canvas the US for another location. Austin is already home to a large Apple campus that employs over 6,000 people. The company has workers in all 50 states and now employs 90,000 people in the United States, according to the release.

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Outside the U.S., the firm is constructing two data centres in Denmark, having chose to build a second in the nation after scrapping plans for an Irish data centre following a drawn-out legal battle with local protesters.

Austin is one of the fastest-growing USA cities with a population of almost 1 million, and is home to the University of Texas and other tech companies including Dell Technologies Inc in nearby Round Rock, Texas, and IBM. Like other companies that have expanded their Boulder presence, such as Carbon Black and Amazon, Harald said Apple has kept the news quiet, even from city economic development leaders.

The tech company will be hiring across a broad range of positions, including research and design, operations, finance, sales and customer support.

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The company recently opened its newest office in Nashville, Tennessee and Apple's Miami office is projected to double in size. The company confirmed that it is building a new data center in Waukee, Iowa. It is also on track to create 20,000 additional jobs in the United States by 2023. Dell, IBM and Amazon are among numerous other technology companies with an Austin presence, and almost 6,500 high-tech companies call the Austin metropolitan area home, the Chamber says.

The iPhone-maker said it expected the latest move would eventually make it the state capital's biggest private employer.

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