Tim Cook, Apple CEO, speaks at the 2019 Dreamforce Conference in San Francisco on November 19, 2019.
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Apple on Monday announced plans to open a new campus in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.
Apple will spend over $ 1 billion on campus and employ 3,000 people working on technologies such as software engineering and machine learning.
The campus is a sign of Apple’s continued expansion through its headquarters in Cupertino, California, where most of the technology is based. Apple’s $ 1 billion campus in Austin, Texas is expected to open next year.
Apple’s expansion will take place in the North Carolina Research Triangle, which takes its name from nearby North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina. Tim Cook, Apple CEO and Jeff Williams, COO, have MBAs from Duke. Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president responsible for the company’s online services, graduated from Duke.
“As a native North Carolina-American, I am thrilled that Apple is expanding and creating new long-term employment opportunities in the community I grew up in,” Williams said in a statement.
Apple is joining other Silicon Valley tech companies expanding outside of the Bay Area to gain access to a larger pool of engineering talent and to respond to high property prices and other cost of living in the area.
For example, last year Oracle announced plans to move its headquarters to Austin, Texas. Mountain View-based Google is spending $ 1 billion on a new campus in New York City and rebuilding a former mall in Los Angeles. Amazon’s second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia employs 1,600 of a planned 25,000 employees.
One of two Apple locations in Austin. Apple’s operations in Texas are second only to the Cupertino / Bay region of California. Apple employs more than 8,000 people in the Lone Star State.
On Monday, Apple also announced that the company is expanding rapidly in other cities that have engineering operations. It is planned to have 5,000 people in San Diego, California, 3,000 people in Culver City, Los Angeles, and 700 people in Boulder, Colorado by 2026. Apple also announced it has 1,000 employees in Seattle, Washington, and plans to double that number to 2,000. Overall, Apple plans to create 20,000 jobs in the US over the next five years.
Apple will continue to be based in Silicon Valley, which employs around 25,000 people, including 12,000 in the loop-shaped headquarters. In total, including retail workers, Apple has 147,000 full-time employees, a file said last year.