“Apple Inc. won’t be getting money from a state business recruitment fund for its new planned $2 billion data center in Mesa,” Mike Sunnucks reports for The Phoenix Business Journal.
“Mesa Mayor John Giles and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said the technology titan would not be getting any funds from a $25 million Arizona Competes Fund created by former Gov. Jan Brewer,” Sunnucks reports. “Brewer and the Arizona Commerce Authority promised Apple $10 million when for its original plans for a former First Solar building it bought in the East Valley. But Apple’s plans for a sapphire glass plant at the site fell apart when supplier GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy. The 700 jobs promised by that project were nixed.”
“Apple won’t be getting the $10 million because of the GT Advanced bankruptcy. And, it is not asking for a new incentives for the 150-worker data center. ‘This is a clean deal,’ Giles said. The Mesa mayor said Apple did not ask for the incentive when talking to state and local officials about the data center,” Sunnucks reports. “The Apple data center could still benefit from a tax break on power usage passed last year after the GT Advanced plans were announced.”
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