On Wednesday, Raleigh's WRAL news outlet cited sources as saying that the Apple campus is a "done deal" and that the only hurdle left is for the North Carolina Statehouse to pass a package of tax incentives to score the $1.5 billion investment from Apple.
The Washington Post reported just yesterday that Apple was talking with Virginia officials for a new campus in Northern Virginia. However, that does not necessarily mean that North Carolina is the underdog in the bid to attract Apple.
It's unclear what the new headquarters will be used for-Apple has hinted that it could be mainly for customer-support representatives-but WRAL suggests there would be higher-paying tech jobs at the new site as well. The company is looking at plots of land in Northern Virginia and in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP).
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. That's in contrast to Amazon's search for a second headquarters in which the company issued an open request for proposals. "We do not share information about economic development projects before they are final, but I will be happy to share more information if or when a decision is made", spokesman Jamal Little said in an email.
"We're not doing a beauty-contest kind of thing", Cook told Recode's Kara Swisher in a recent interview. Dubbed by many as the "Spaceship", the gargantuan structure in Cupertino, California, houses some 12,000 Apple employees and cost as much as $5 billion to build.
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Apple wasn't immediately available to comment on its plans, nor was Cooper's office.
Economic development officials are said to have proposed several potential sites for the facility, which could stretch to as much as 4 million square feet - nearly half again as large as Apple Park. 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.