The data centre, to be constructed in Washoe County, about 200km out of Reno, and codenamed ‘Project Jonathan’, will create 600 construction jobs and 329 long-term employees.
Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said, in a statement to AllThingsD, that Apple hopes to “build Apple’s next data centre in Reno to support Apple’s iTunes Store, App Store and incredibly popular iCloud services”.
“If approved, this project would expand our presence in Nevada and create hundreds of construction jobs over the next year, plus permanent jobs at the data centre which will add to our existing total of nearly 400 employees in the state,” Huguet said.
A report from local newspaper The Reno Gazette-Journal contends the local community will gain “US$16 million in tax revenue from Apple over the next 10 years” with “construction starting as early as August”, and finishing by the end of 2012.
Apple currently has data centres in Maiden, North Carolina, and Newark, California, and is investing in a Prineville, Oregon, data centre site.