Is This Area Atop Apple's Short List of Second Campus Choices?

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 16, 2018

The thought of Apple setting up a new, large shop all the way across the country from its Cupertino headquarters is not so far-fetched an idea.

Tech giants like Apple and Amazon likely see value in going to the DC area to tap into the tech talent on the East Coast and build campuses closer to the United States government's center of power, in hopes of gaining lucrative government cloud-computing or hardware contracts.

According to a report in The Washington Post, Apple has been searching for places to put hubs as it contemplates how to spend the $30 billion it has committed for new facilities and 20,000 new employees in the US over the next five years - and it looks like Virginia is on the list.

The tech giant's search has stood in stark contrast to Amazon, which is also seeking a site for a second headquarters.

All of the attention from Amazon and Apple speaks to the new realty for tech companies, which is that Washington, DC has its eye on them... and, conversely, these companies need to have a closer eye on Washington.

On paper, the North Carolina Research Triangle Park seems like a solid choice.

Apple has said it plans to spend $30B over five years on new facilities and hiring 20K employees. The proximity to Washington D.C. has made the area an attractive place for Silicon Valley's top companies.

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