In Iowa, Apple CEO Tim Cook touts its new data center jobs as the ‘future’ of America

by Anita Balakrishnan, CNBC

Apple will invest at least $1.3 billion in the first phase of an Iowa data center project, CEO Tim Cook said Thursday, in a speech in that state that emphasized Apple’s push to “build a future for everyone.”

Apple, like fellow technology companies Facebook, Microsoft and Google, will build a data center near Waukee, Iowa, creating 50 permanent jobs, Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg said in an event broadcast by the Des Moines Register. More than 550 jobs will also be supported by construction, Apple said in a statement.

“Apple is going to continue to invest in that future, for Waukee, for Iowa and for America,” Cook said.

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