North Carolina Apple HQ Could Be a Reality

Hot on the heel’s of Amazon’s search for a new headquarters, Apple may be next. The tech giant is reportedly considering locations for a new headquarters. Could a North Carolina Apple HQ be a reality? Some analysts think so.

According to a recent Bloomberg Article, it’s Apple’s turn to search for a new home. Apple currently has 3 campuses in the United States: Two in California and one in Austin, Texas. Apple also has several satellite offices, call centers, and repair centers around the US.

This fourth major campus is reported to house a call center as well as other departments. Apple has made it clear they don’t plan to enable a giant bidding war such as has been seen with Amazon; however, there are cities that are expressing interest.

A North Carolina Apple HQ makes sense. The “Research Triangle” region of North Carolina is already home to several major companies. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area houses headquarters or major branches of:

  • Cisco
  • American Airlines
  • Bayer
  • Fidelity Investments
  • IBM
  • Toyota
  • Verizon
  • and more!

Why North Carolina?

The three points of “the triangle” are punctuated by three major colleges; Duke University, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State. This provides current corporations, and potentially Apple, an educated employee pool to draw from.

A North Carolina Apple HQ would further benefit from Charlotte and Raleigh’s attractive tax incentives. Both cities rank among the top 15 cities in America for tax incentives and local business development. Raleigh was recently named one of the finalists for Amazon’s new headquarters project.

Apple has been tight-lipped regarding what the new campus will house. However, one thing that has been confirmed is the presence of a new call center. Currently, Apple’s call centers operate in Texas and California. A North Carolina call center would afford Apple the opportunity to have a call center that operates in Eastern Standard Time; during hours when the west coast and Texas facilities are closed.

One thing Apple has confirmed is that they are looking outside California and Texas for their new campus. Where it winds up is anybody’s guess. Wherever they do wind up, you can expect a major boost to the local economy.

The Impact on Cost of Living

What impact will this have on the local cost of living? That question is a mixture of short-term and long-term effects. A recent Politico article had this to say regarding Amazon’s new headquarters and the effect on the city of Seattle, Amazon’s current HQ:

“Most (Seattle residents) would acknowledge the extraordinary prosperity that Amazon has brought to Seattle since Jeff Bezos and his startup arrived in 1994. But they are also keenly aware of the costs, not least the nation’s fastest-rising housing prices, appalling traffic and a painful erosion of urban identity. What was once a quirkily mellow, solidly middle-class city now feels like a stressed-out, two-tier town with a thin layer of wealthy young techies atop a base of anxious wage workers”

What effect will a new Apple HQ bring? Or even the new Amazon HQ? Perhaps more of the same. However, the economic boom to any city lucky enough to court these mega-corporations is undeniable. It will serve to bring new jobs and new workers to the area.

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