As Apple considers Triangle, NC leaders propose changes to corporate incentives

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North Carolina's Research Triangle region may be a candidate.

With word swirling that Apple has targeted the Triangle for a major campus, legislative leaders rolled out changes to the state's incentives program, dropping the jobs and capital investment thresholds to qualify as a "transformative project" and receive juiced-up rebates of employee withholding taxes.

Earlier this year, Apple said that it will add over 20,000 new in the next five years by hiring at its existing campuses and building a new one. Republican legislators met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the incentives package it aims to give Apple, allowing it to retain a percentage of the taxes generated by the project. In the meantime, the company will begin construction on the new RTP campus, which will sit on up to 300 acres of land.

Apple already has a data center in North Carolina.

"We believe that these modifications will be attractive to large, private sector employers who will invest substantial dollars in North Carolina", Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said.

Northern Virginia may also be a candidate for the campus, according to the Washington Post.

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By contrast, Amazon is said to be exploring the Research Triangle area as a contender for a second headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs.

"We're not doing a beauty-contest kind of thing", Cook told Recode's Kara Swisher in a recent interview. Though Apple previously said the campus would hold call-center workers, it seems possible that it would also have high-paying tech jobs. It completed its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, nicknamed "the spaceship" for its circular design, last spring.

North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore did not respond to a request for comment.

Vienna-based NoSQL database company FoundationDB was also acquired by Apple in 2015, DC reported. Where Amazon has been overt with its plans, leading to many public subsidy offers from states, and some protests from local residents, Apple is being far more secretive and has only promised to announce new plans for its future investment in us facilities later this year.

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