RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (WTVD) -- Big news for North Carolina -- Apple unveiled plans to build a campus and engineering hub in the Research Triangle, committing more than $1 billion in investments and creating at least 3,000 new jobs for the area.
The Monday morning announcement establishes the company's first major east coast footprint, and its first entirely new U.S. campus in more than 20 years--Apple chose to expand its campus in Austin, Texas, instead of its North Carolina presence in 2018. Cooper said, "I believe this project is much more transformational than the expansion we would have gotten in 2018." Recent Stories from ABC 11 Our America: Asian Voices | Official Trailer
The hub will bring plenty of jobs to the local technology industry including machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering and "other cutting edge fields."
When completed, Apple said its investments will generate more than $1.5 billion in annual economic benefits for North Carolina.
"As a North Carolina native, I'm thrilled Apple is expanding and creating new long-term job opportunities in the community I grew up in," said Jeff Williams, Apple's Chief Operating Officer. "We're proud that this new investment will also be supporting education and critical infrastructure projects across the state. Apple has been a part of North Carolina for nearly two decades, and we're looking forward to continuing to grow and a bright future ahead."