Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed the matter with state officials when he visited Duke University to give a commencement speech at this year's graduation ceremonies. Will the new Apple campus be located in Northern Virginia, which is also on Amazon's shortlist for its second headquarters, or in North Carolina, close to three universities? Both Arizona and North Carolina are reportedly being considered by the Cupertino firm and both states are fighting to make sure that they are chosen. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is said to have held some meetings with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper last weekend about the possibility of Apple bringing its new campus to the state.
His company announced in January that it intends to build a new Apple campus, but has gone about the search without publicly soliciting offers from localities.
In January, Apple pledged a $350 billion investment into the us economy over the next five years, and part of that plan is the opening of a new Apple headquarters. Apple already has several ties to North Carolina, including a data center in the state. Cook earned his MBA from Duke University in 1988 and is quite familiar with the area.
Amazon may be garnering numerous headlines, as the Seattle-based e-commerce and tech giant continues the process of picking a location for its second corporate headquarters, which has been dubbed HQ2.
The governor's office declined to comment, saying, "We do not share information about economic development projects before they are final".
Unlike Apple, Amazon has not been quiet in its search for a new headquarters.
Earlier this year, Apple said that it will add over 20,000 new U.S.jobs in the next five years by hiring at its existing campuses and building a new one.
Northern Virginia may also be a candidate, according to the Washington Post. The new campuses will not be anything like the previous ones. Officials from the state reportedly pitched locations in Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties to Apple people. In the meantime, the company will begin construction on the new RTP campus, which will sit on up to 300 acres of land.
Apple's new "spaceship" headquarters in Cupertino, named Apple Park, has been called an architectural landmark.