Move over Amazon, Apple considering Northern Virginia campus

Phil Berger and Time Moore stand at a podium inside the North Carolina General Assembly

Phil Berger and Time Moore stand at a podium inside the North Carolina General Assembly

Citing various sources in the legal, real estate, and state government sectors, The Triangle Business Journal reported on Wednesday that the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill - an area referred to also as Triangle Research Park - are now at the top of Apple's short list of potential locations for its upcoming campus development.

Apple may be closing in on a location for a new campus it announced earlier this year - and it could end up being located close to Duke University, where CEO Tim Cook and several other top Apple executives went to school.

Apple is reportedly exploring Northern Virginia and North Carolina as possible locations for its new campus, which will offer 20,000 jobs. Apple may have had its heart set on North Carolina the entire time, according to Wednesday's report.

In January, Apple pledged a $350 billion investment into the USA economy over the next five years, and part of that plan is the opening of a new Apple headquarters. Apple is still looking at other potential locations for its campus in other parts of the country.

The average salary for the jobs Apple is expected to announce soon in a major North Carolina expansion has been pegged around $130,000 a year. Cook earned his MBA from Duke University in 1988 and is quite familiar with the area.

Unlike Apple, Amazon has not been quiet in its search for a new headquarters.


"We're not doing a beauty-contest kind of thing", Cook told Recode's Kara Swisher in a recent interview. Apple previously announced that it planned to spend $30 billion and hire 20,000 employees in the United States over the next five years. The new campuses will not be anything like the previous ones.

Apple And Amazon In Northern Virginia?

Apple didn't immediately return a request for comment. Officials from the state reportedly pitched locations in Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties to Apple people.

Neither Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger nor Speaker of the House Tim Moore mentioned Apple as the reason behind the changes, which would be available, if approved, to companies investing at least $1 billion and creating at least 3,000 jobs.

Apple's new "spaceship" headquarters in Cupertino, named Apple Park, has been called an architectural landmark.

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