“Over the past few weeks, Apple has started work on a new 39-acre campus [in Austin, Texas] that will be the future home of the company’s America’s Operations Center,” Robert McMillan reports for Wired. “No, Apple isn’t ditching Cupertino. That remains the site of the company’s global headquarters and it’s where the company is erecting a new 2.8-million-square-foot building that looks an awful lot like a spaceship. But Austin will eventually be home to a major portion of the Apple empire.”

“Apple has run an operations center in Austin for years now. It already employs about 3,500 hardware engineers, support staff and operations people there. But the new buildings will add another 1 million square feet of office space in Austin,” McMillan reports. “And within 10 years, that should mean another 3,600 jobs for the company, bringing Austin’s headcount to 7,100.”

“‘To put it in perspective, prior to the Apple announcement, the largest single job creation from one project was 1,000,’ says Brian Gildea, Austin’s economic development manager,” McMillan reports. “In exchange, Apple gets more than $30 million in tax breaks.”

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