Much like myself, California is where Apple’s home base is. Now, the tech giant is heading to the south west. Not just 1, but 7 buildings are under construction for the Austin campus that will house the company’s U.S. operations. When all is said and done, the 38 acre location off Research Boulevard (I see what they did there) will be the workplace of about 7,000 employees.
The campus will be complete in 2016, which is soon seeing as how September snuck up on us. Price tag: $304 million. I like to write those numbers out. $304,000,000. Good God almighty. What all is going into this place? Restaurants, coffee bars, a gym, wellness centers. Oh, and computers I’m guessing.
Looking at some pictures of the buildings that are already done, it’s looking like Apple wants their employees to eat, sleep, and breathe there. They’ve got a dentist chair there yall! Mr. Cook is playing no games.
Apple is also getting $35 million ($35,000,000) in tax incentives from the good folks of Austin, the county, and the proud state of Texas. They’ve pledged to create over 3,600 new jobs will be available and 3,100 existing jobs will be retained.
Austinites haz excite too! CEO of SailPoint, Mark McClain, said, “It will help create a new wave of talent.”Some people will come to work for Apple and get the entrepreneurial bug and go start a company. Others will eventually leave to join local tech companies that need their expertise.”
This is actually pretty exciting, since Apple partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund a few weeks ago to pledge $40 million ($40,000,000) to HBCUs for scholarships and internships to recruit black talent. Hopefully, these students will do their internship in Cupertino, and make their way out to Austin for a full time job when they graduate.
It’s exciting being so close to a tech hub like Austin now that I’m in Dallas. I haven’t made my way out there yet, but I will definitely be doing a road trip soon. Startup Noire at SXSW 2016? I think that’s the plan!
Featured image photo: CC image courtesy of Neff Conner on Flickr.