Apple gets key endorsement for Nevada data center

The state's board of economic development votes in favor of an $89 million tax break for the tech giant to set up a 350-acre data center near Reno.

Apple's data center in Maiden, N.C. Apple

Apple is one step closer to being offered $89 million in tax breaks to set up a data center in Biggest Little City in the World, aka Reno, Nev.

The Nevada Board of Economic Development approved a deal on the plan today that was initially negotiated by Reno's city council, according to the Associated Press. Despite, the state being closer to inviting Apple to set up shop, there are still a few more logistics the government must sort out.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, who backs the deal, called the board's decision a "win" for the state, according to AP. He said that Apple having a bigger presence in the state will encourage other business to come to Nevada. Apple already has a data center up and running in Maiden, N.C. , and another one planned for Prineville, Ore .

The potential new Nevada facilities include a business and purchasing center in downtown Reno and a 350-acre data center for Apple's cloud computing services east of Sparks. According AP, once the construction is complete, there will be at least 35 full-time workers along with nearly 200 contract workers. Apple has also said it will invest $1 billion in the Reno area over the next decade.

Nevada has long been an allure to tech companies because of its generous tax breaks. Although Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., it has a small office set up in Reno that is charged with collecting and investing the company's profits. California's corporate tax rate is 8.84 percent, while Nevada's is zero.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

 

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