Unlike Apple, Amazon has not been quiet in its search for a new headquarters.
Separate reports from North Carolina and Northern Virginia suggested yesterday that Apple was considering both East Coast locations for its upcoming fourth US campus, but a new report is adding significant weight to North Carolina's prospects.
It is reported that Apple's move into the RTP will occur in stages, with the company initially leasing office space for roughly 1,000 employees in Cary.
Interestingly, Northern Virginia wasn't the only potential Apple suitor that leaked this week.
The new campus is part of Apple's effort to spend $30 billion and hire around 20,000 employees in the United States, expanding beyond the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California. Numerous first new hires at the facility will be call center workers.
In January, Apple pledged a $350 billion investment into the US economy over the next five years, and part of that plan is the opening of a new Apple headquarters.
Amazon's own development plans have been known for a little while longer, though they hasn't been quite as specific. Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly met with the governor of North Carolina last week. It announced in January that Raleigh was one of 20 finalists for its second North American headquarters.
There are also some connections to the company that could help Northern Virginia's chances. Research Triangle Park in North Carolina is also on the shortlist, the Triangle Business Journal reported. A Bloomberg analysis released earlier this month listed North Carolina as one of the states that would likely be in the running for the new campus based on a variety of factors, from tax incentives to human capital. They put the investment between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.The legislation announced Thursday would also lengthen the maximum terms for the transformative projects program as well as the state's Job Development Investment Grant program to as much as 40 years total.
Although neither Amazon nor Apple has made any concrete decision about their new facilities, the two are going about it in different ways. In the meantime, the company will begin construction on the new RTP campus, which will sit on up to 300 acres of land.