Apple reportedly eying Northern Virginia for new campus

Apple reportedly eying Northern Virginia for new campus

Apple reportedly eying Northern Virginia for new campus

Apple already has several ties to North Carolina, including a data center in the state.

Apple's consideration of the region comes eight months after Amazon selected three local jurisdictions there as part of its high-profile search for a North American headquarters outside of Seattle.

Cook was in the region to give a commencement speech at Duke University on May 13. Apple has since been scouting for the location of the new Apple campus, which it said will be announced this year. Officials from the state reportedly pitched locations in Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties to Apple people.

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By contrast, Amazon is said to be exploring the Research Triangle area as a contender for a second headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs. The Loudoun County land, consisting of 85 acres outside the Innovation Center Metro station now under construction, is owned by a partnership managed by Mark Masinter, a Dallas retail expert whom Steve Jobs hired in 2000 to help Apple open its first stores.

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Apple wasn't immediately available to comment on its plans, nor was Cooper's office.

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

"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 on April 29.

The thought of Apple setting up a new, large shop all the way across the country from its Cupertino headquarters is not so far-fetched an idea.

N.C. Chamber of Commerce President Lew Ebert welcomed Thursday's proposed changes to JDIG and the possibility of Apple opening a campus in the Triangle.

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