Apple aims to list the Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill "Triangle" area at the top of the list a new campus, with the state government working on an incentive package for the company
According to The Triangle Business Journal cited after CNBC the Research Triangle Central-North Carolina-comprised of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill-is a leading candidate for Apple's new campus. The Business Journal story cites sources in the legal and real estate communities of the region, as well as the state government, by reporting that the triangle is at the top of Apple's list for the new campus.
The process is not in its final phase. The search for real estate is not always a clear indicator that a deal is imminent ̵
Even though it did not fully kick-start the big-city public bidding campaign that Amazon instigated for a second headquarters this year, Apple has spent the past few months conducting its own search for a new corporate campus, Call -Center employees to host. It is not clear whether this report refers to a new headquarters or just another Apple facility among the dozens they already have
companies with major presence in the region include Cisco, Qualcomm, Red Hat, SAS, IBM and Verizon. The region consists of several universities, including Duke, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State, and companies such as IBM and Lenovo also have campuses in the region. The region has a reputation for providing a well-trained workforce.
CNBC reported that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper had negotiated an "incentive package" for Apple, and that meetings were held in that regard, while Cook attended the Duke launch in the weekend the city was. Both Cook and top Apple manager Eddy Cue are alumni of Duke.
"We do not make a beauty contest"
Apple announced in January its intention to build a second headquarters as part of a push to invest in the US. The company later shut down both California and Texas out of speculation that the campus would be in the northeast.
The company was clear from the beginning that it was not interested in city and city auctioning, as is currently happening on Amazon. Cook repeated this in the interview "Apple: Revolution" on MSNBC in March with the statement: "We do not make a beauty contest, this is not Apple."