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    Apple reveals plans to invest $304 million in a new a campus based in Austin, Texas


    Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently revealed that Apple has expansion plans in Texas. According to the report, the Cupertino based company plans to invest $304 million in new facilities in Austin, TX that will provide 3,600 new jobs. Apple intends for the complex to provide offices for customer support, sales and accounting for the entire region.

    In order to make the offer more appealing for Apple executives and to attract the tech giant in the area, the local authorities had to come up with a sign of good faith. The Texas Enterprise Fund granted $21 million to Apple, to be paid in the next 10 years. "Apple is known for its bold innovation and game-changing designs, and the expansion of their Austin facility adds to the growing list of visionary high-tech companies that have found that Texas' economic climate is a perfect fit for their future, thanks to our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulations, fair legal system and skilled workforce" explained Rick Perry the benefits. In addition, Apple announced they will open a new retail store in Houston at the Highland Village Shopping Center, on March 16th, just in time for the first day of availability for the new iPad.

    Bringing Apple and its large investment to Austin is perceived as a success for Texas Enterprise Fund, the most efficient tool to attract new business in the area. TEF was created almost 10 years ago, and during this time the state controlled organization managed to help create over 62,000 new jobs and attract $15.4 billion in capital investment, simply by investing $443.4 million in enticements.

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    Apple 'frustrated' as plans for new Austin, Tex., facility are 'in peril'

    Doubt has been cast on Apple's plans for a new facility in Austin, Tex., after a local official has claimed the project is "in peril" because of delays.





    In March, the Austin City Council approved a grant worth $8.6 million for Apple to expand its offices and create as many as 3,600 new jobs in the city. Apple has proposed to invest $304 million and more than double the size of its workforce in Texas.

    But this week, Dave Porter, senior vice president for economic development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, said those plans are now in doubt, according to The Statesman. He said the problems stem from the county government, which has allegedly been holding up the deal by asking for new conditions tied to the financial incentives.

    "The deal is not done," Porter said. "It remains in peril, and Apple is frustrated."

    Though the city rubber stamped its $8.6 million grant more than a month ago, the Travis County Commissioners Court remains undecided on its own incentives. The court gave initial approval for between $5.4 million and $6.4 million earlier this month, but a vote for final approval has been pushed back until next week.

    Attorney Bill Aleshire criticized the proposed contract with Apple as "sorry," and suggested the company "rigged" the deal so that they wouldn't have to comply with the county's terms.

    Porter said he and the chamber are "disappointed" that the Commissioners Court couldn't finalize their deal this week. But he added that they are "hopeful" it will become official at a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday.

    Apple's plans call for its new facility to be built on 38 acres of land with at least one million square feet of office space. It would function as Apple's new "Americas Operations Center."

    Local officials initially chose to be aggressive in courting Apple and offering incentives because the company was looking at other potential locations for the facility. It was said that Phoenix, Ariz., was another city Apple was considering.

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    Apple's Austin campus gains approval with new salary requirements

    The addition of minimum salary requirements was enough to sway members of Texas's Travis County Commission to approve Apple's new Austin campus, along with $5.4 million in tax rebates.


    The project was given final approval by the commission on Tuesday in a 4-1 vote, according to the Statesman. A new provision was added to the deal last week, requiring an average salary of $35,000 for the bottom 10 percent of Apple-employed workers, and a minimum of $11 per hour for contractors.

    The deal was characterized as "in peril" just last week, as the Travis County Commissioners Court remained undecided on its own incentives tied to the project. Previously, the Austin City Council had approved its own $8.6 million grant, while the state will pitch in $21 million in incentives from the Texas Enterprise Fund.

    Apple's plans call for a campus to be built in North Austin, where 3,665 new jobs will be created by 2025. The discounts offered by the three different government agencies require Apple to build an 800,000-square-foot office for $226 million.

    Local officials initially chose to be aggressive in courting Apple and offering incentives because the company was looking at other potential locations for the facility. It was said that Phoenix, Ariz., was another city Apple was considering.





    Apple's plans call for the facility to be built on 38 acres of land in Austin with at least a million square feet of office space. The facility will function as Apple's new "Americas Operations Center."

    An analysis conducted by Travis County has projected that Apple's project will generate $15 million in benefits for the county over the 15-year term of the contract.

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    Work Underway on Apple's Expanded Operations Campus in Austin, Texas

    Entrance sign at Apple's existing Austin campus



    Back in March, the State of Texas announced that Apple would be pursuing a major expansion of its facilities in Austin, investing over $300 million to add 3,600 workers to its existing campus dedicated to customer support, sales, and accounting for the Americas. With various government approvals coming over the following months, Apple was then able to purchase the land in July, paving the way for the expansion project to begin.

    The Austin American-Statesman now reports that there is indeed major work underway at the site.

    There is major earthwork happening on the 38.8-acre site and the concrete shell of what appears to be a three-story office building is taking shape.

    There are two cranes on the site, but there are no signs up yet that either describe the project, name the contractor or the eventual occupant.

    The report notes that Apple's ultimate plans, which will take up to a decade to build out, consist of seven buildings totaling slightly over one million square feet and three parking garages housing 5,500 spaces.

    Apple is in the midst of a major expansion of its facilities, from data centers in North Carolina, Oregon, and Nevada to its massive Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino that will house as many as 14,000 employees when it opens in 2016. In the meantime, Apple has been snapping up leased space throughout Silicon Valley and has just broken ground on a small campus in Santa Clara, California that will house roughly 1,200 employees.

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    New photos show progress, working fountain at Apple's Austin campus



    New photos show that construction on Apple's Austin, Tex., campus project continues apace, with a number of facilities noticeably closer to completion.

    AppleInsider reader Benjamin sent in several new photos showing that considerable progress has been made on the Austin campus project. Since the last update, the facility has noticeably filled out, with a couple of buildings now sporting mostly complete facades. The project is still underway, though, as can be seen from the construction equipment present in some shots.







    Benjamin notes that the pond at the new campus is completely full and that the fountain on the site is now operational. The walls and fences around the front portion of the campus are complete, as are most of the sidewalks.

    When complete, the Austin site will be used as the company's "Americas Operations Center." The new facility is being built in two stages. The first stage, seen in these photos, is slated to add 200,000 square feet of office space at a cost of $56 million. The second stage, scheduled to begin in 2015, will create 800,000 square feet of operating space.

    The project is expected to see full completion by the end of 2021. Its total price tag: $304 million in construction costs.

    The bottom 10 percent of workers at the facility will reportedly receive an average yearly salary of $35,000, with contractors receiving a minimum wage of $11 per hour. The new campus will accommodate some 3,600 new jobs in the area, more than doubling Apple's current Austin workforce.










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    First phase of Apple's new $300M Austin, TX campus nears completion

    Apple's new Austin, Texas campus nears completion



    Austin city officials have issued certificates of occupancy for two new buildings at the site, according to a report from the Austin Business Journal. The structures provide some 290,000 square feet of office space, just over a fourth of the 1 million square feet the campus will eventually contain.






    Construction has moved swiftly since AppleInsider detailed the project's progress last October. A central plaza linking the new buildings is complete, and workers appear to be installing final touches like vehicle-stopping bollards.

    First announced in 2012, the Austin campus is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2021 at a cost of $304 million. Apple has said that it intends to nearly double its current Austin headcount to 3,600 employees once the new facility is complete.





    In addition to the Austin project, Apple is in the process of expanding its European headquarters in Ireland to accommodate 500 new workers. The company is also preparing to begin construction on its new, $5 billion "spaceship" corporate headquarters in Cupertino.





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