“A company connected to Apple has no intention of offloading a swath of land it’s recently acquired near Research Triangle Park,” Lauren Ohnesorge writes for Triangle Business Journal. “That’s as Apple – at least right now – has no immediate plans to build on the 281-acre site, and is instead watching North Carolina’s political landscape as it expands in Texas, insiders say.”

“As North Carolina officials keep classifying Apple as an active project for the region, public records show the state – at least when it comes to the trophy prize of the $1 billion project announced in Austin – may not have been a real contender in the effort’s final months,” Ohnesorge writes. “In November 2018, officials in Williamson County, Texas, must have known they were close to the prize. Notes scribbled onto a legal pad during a closed session and provided to Triangle Business Journal at the behest of a public records request detail the potential, possibly up to 11,000 jobs from Apple – already among the area’s largest employers… In the closed-session boardroom in Texas, officials there knew something those in North Carolina didn’t. Under competition, the scrawl reads ‘competing w/ Columbus, OH.'”

“Some have theorized that politics could have shifted Apple’s interest away from the state months before its announcement – a claim that – while supported by some sources, has been denied by some state officials,” Ohnesorge writes. “That’s as a source connected to local government affairs told TBJ that both Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams had been closely following developments on Jones Street, and had been concerned about the state’s perception as discriminatory toward the LGBTQ community.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Build a third major campus some day. Sell it. The possibilities are endless.

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