The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Apple is considering investing up to $1 billion over the next ten years to build a new data center and other facilities in the Reno, Nevada. The new data center and other facilities would be located in the Reno, Nevada area. Also, the data center would be located in unincorporated Washoe County, while a “business and purchasing center” would be located in a business park in downtown Reno. This project is codenamed “Project Jonathan”, and is said to be planned to create nearly 600 construction jobs and as many as 41 direct and 200 contractor jobs upon opening.
It is also estimated to the boost the local economy by $103 million. The report also says that this project has been in the works for years, but only recently did Apple approach local and state officials about the Sparks center earlier this year.
Currently, Apple has a major data center in Maiden, North Caroline and a much smaller one in Newark, California near the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Apple is also investing $250 million in a new data center in Prineville, Oregon. The company has issued a statement to AllThingsD confirming its intent for the area.