Apple announced a significant expansion of its operations, including a new campus in Austin that is expected to cost upwards of $1 billion. The company will also open new offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego as it aims to increase the workforce throughout the United States. Apple also intends to expand its current presence in Pittsburgh, New York, and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years.
The Austin campus will span across 133 acres and is expected to generate at least 5,000 jobs at the beginning with the potential of adding 10,000 more. Currently, Apple claims to have 6,200 employees in Austin and with this expansion, it will be the largest private employer in the city.
Within the campus, there will be more than 50 acres of open space, and it will run solely on renewable energy.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott applauded the decision.
“Their decision to expand operations in our state is a testament to the high-quality workforce and unmatched economic environment that Texas offers. I thank Apple for this tremendous investment in Texas, and I look forward to building upon our strong partnership to create an even brighter future for the Lone Star State,” he said in a statement shared by Apple.
Outside of Austin, Apple will also expand across the United States. Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City will increase their operations to more than 1,000 employees each. Currently, Apple employs 90,000 across the states. At the start of 2018, Apple committed to investing $350 billion into the US economy, and this big spending is part of keeping that promise.