Apple may be considering a Northern Virginia campus


Total investment by Apple in the state of NC for the new campus is estimated to be between $1.5 to $2 billion dollars upon completion. Interestingly, "many of the jobs would be high-tech research and development jobs", the report says, suggesting that Apple expects to expand the site beyond its initially noted technical support functions.

Still, CNBC reports that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is presently "negotiating an incentive package" for Apple, should the company decide to set up shop in the proposed area.

However, now The Washington Post is reporting that Apple is also considering a spot in Northern Virginia.

Tens of thousands of the world's brightest technology developers could be heading to Northern Virginia in the next few years, as two of the world's largest tech companies are said to be considering building their next facilities there. Officials from the state reportedly pitched locations in Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties to Apple people. In addition, the average salary for Apple employees in the area - which would include research and development positions - would be roughly $130,000 according to WRAL News. BusinessInsider claims that it's also very interested in the potential of North Carolina's Research Triangle region.

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"While we talk to many companies and their executive teams about the advantages North Carolina can offer their businesses, we do not comment on the details of these discussions until a site selection decision has been publicly released", wrote David Rhoades, communications director of the N.C. Department of Commerce, in an email to The Chronicle Wednesday.

The interest comes just four months after Amazon put Northern Virginia on its list of 20 finalists for its own 50,000-employee second headquarters, dubbed HQ2.

It would seem that the maker of the iPhone needs more space to stretch its wings, which is why Apple is thinking of building a new campus somewhere in the USA and there are two top contenders, at the moment. This increase in Apple's employee headcount would go a long way towards fulfilling the company's goal of investing $30 billion in the US and creating upwards of 20,000 new jobs over the next five years.