Apple, Amazon battling over land in North Virginia


According to the Washington Post, Apple is looking for a four-million-square-foot facility capable of handling 20,000 employees. The Governor of Virginia has proposed Crystal City near Reagan National Airport, a spot in Loudoun County, and an area outside of the DC beltway at Scotts Run near Tysons Corner.

Some officials also suggest that sites near Alexandria, VA were also on the list. The Crystal City and Alexandria locations were also proposed to Amazon to build its second headquarters.

Apple is interested in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Prince George’s County, MD for its facility. The sources behind this report also suggested that Apple is also looking at sites in Florida, Illinois, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The locations on the Eastern seaboard would be extremely beneficial such as the ability to take tech support calls before the support centres in Texas and California open. Apple says that the new facility will focus on AppleCare.

One of the prime reason for choosing North Virginia is its sprawling public transportation network. The Loundon facility is not too far from the Dulles area data centre facility.

The campus is a part of Apple’s pledge to put $350 billion into the US economy in the following five years. Apart from this other contributions include a $38 billion tax payment on repatriated foreign reserves, and manufacturing and data centre investments.

This list has lots of sites which were close to the sites pitched to Amazon for its second headquarters.

Apple has declared that they won’t be looking for a public auction which is not the case with Amazon. Apple has already made a list of possible sites without revealing any details to the public. A formal announcement might come later this year which will show us which location has been selected by Apple.

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