“‘We almost lost it,’ says the President of the Catawba County Economic Development group, Scott Millar, who has a background in advertising and a penchant for crossword puzzles,” Fehrenbacher reports. “That would have been a major missed opportunity — at the peak of construction of Apple’s data center there were 1,400 construction workers on-site on a single day, says Millar. But beyond just the construction jobs, Apple’s influence — as one of the world’s largest and most-watched tech companies — is enormous. ‘It gave us the ability to be able to convince others to locate here, too,’ says Millar, adding, ‘They are a powerful company.’”
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