Apple says it will invest $1B in Reno data center, gets OK for downtown land buy

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Apple will invest an additional $1 billion in its data center east of Reno and other local facilities, a spokesman confirmed to News 4-Fox 11.

The investment would include the hiring of 100 permanent workers, doubling the workforce at the Reno Technology Center. Construction would also support an additional 300 jobs, according to the company.

Apple's full statement on the investment:

Apple is incredibly proud to support more than two million American jobs across all 50 states. In Nevada, we have over 700 employees, 65 suppliers, five retail stores and our thriving app ecosystem is responsible for almost 8,000 additional jobs. Nevada is also home to our largest solar investment, powering our data center with clean energy. We’re excited to be increasing our contributions to the local economy with an additional $1B investment to expand our data center and supporting facilities. As part of our growth we plan to hire 100 employees and expect construction will support an additional 300 jobs.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement: "Apple's decision to increase their local investment by $1 billion is a testament to our successful partnership and a demonstration that the best companies in the world are coming to Nevada, creating hundreds of jobs, investing in our communities and making our state their permanent home."

The announcement coincides with the Reno City Council's decision on Wednesday to approve the sale of a 30,000 square-foot downtown parcel to Apple.

The City Council voted 6-1 to allow Apple to purchase a vacant lot on the corner of Evans Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown Reno for a shipping and receiving warehouse.

Apple has been in talks since 2012 about using the property for a purchasing and receiving facility to complement its data center at the Reno Technology Park.

An Apple representative told council members the company is committed to beautifying the surrounding area and to increasing safety.

A filing from an assistant city attorney states the city of Reno has a reimbursement agreement with Northern Nevada Urban Development & Management, the current property owner, to allow Apple to buy the land.

The agreement would have Apple getting sales tax reimbursements through Urban Development for the cost of buying and adding to projects in the city's Téssera district.

This is a breaking news story. Stay with us for updates.

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