Lawmakers in North Carolina are apparently making a bid for Apple to build its next campus in the state and the Research Triangle Park is apparently at the top of the list for possible sites, CNBC reports. In addition, the average salary for Apple employees in the area - which would include research and development positions - would be roughly $130,000 according to WRAL News.
Citing various sources in the legal, real estate, and state government sectors, The Triangle Business Journal reported on Wednesday that the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill - an area referred to also as Triangle Research Park - are now at the top of Apple's short list of potential locations for its upcoming campus development.
Cook was in the region to give a commencement speech at Duke University on May 13.
Unlike Apple, Amazon has not been quiet in its search for a new headquarters.
"We're not doing a beauty contest kind of thing", Cook said in a recent interview.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple is quietly exploring the possibility of creating an headquarters in Northern Virginia that would hold 20,000 employees, according to the Washington Post. Officials from the state reportedly pitched locations in Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties to Apple people.
"Apple are much more secretive about their process", one real estate executive said.
"We're narrowing the site selection for a new USA campus, and we look forward to sharing more information on that later this year", Cook said during Apple's call with investors on April 29.
Apple completed its new $5 billion "spaceship" headquarters in Cupertino, last spring, which hosts more than 12,000 employees.
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