Update- December 20th, 2019
The Iowa Economic Development Authority today, unanimously granted Apple a 5-year extension on its Waukee data center a week after Apple’s Senior Tax Director sent an open letter requesting it.
A spokesperson from the board said that the committee is not concerned, or does not find Apple’s request worrisome, and they are still confident Apple will economically benefit the city.
In August of 2017, Apple announced it would be building a $1.3 billion data center in Waukee, three years later, the project is heavily behind schedule and now, Apple is asking for a 5-year extension.
In an open letter sent to the Iowa Economic Development Authority on December 12th, Apple’s Senior Tax Director Terry Ryan lists that Apple needs more time to design and develop the build.
At the end of the letter, Ryan asks that the deadline for the project be pushed from August of 2022 to August of 2027, and promises that Apple continues to stay true to their commitment.
The extension isn’t through yet, the Economic Development Authority is expected to vote on whether they should grant Apple the extension or not on Friday at 9:30 AM.
Back when the deal was first established, Iowa granted Apple a $19.7 million tax incentive as a push to keep the tech-giant in the state, in return, Apple would employ 500 workers.
Ryan goes on to say that Apple has already spent around $130 million out of the $1.3 billion on the project and that Apple would be donating $500,000 community improvements projects such as a local youth sports complex and $1 million for the Waukee Betterment Foundation.