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  • Done Deal: Apple's Austin Campus is Happening


    As MMi reported Friday, serious doubt recently entered into the picture as to whether or not Apple would be able to proceed with plans to construct a massive new campus in Austin, Texas and bring thousands of new jobs to the region.

    Despite hitting a few glitches and rough patches that put the entire project proposal into peril as recently as last week, today we can confirm that local lawmakers, authorities, and legal representatives for Apple have all reached an agreement on deal terms that will allow for the campus to come to Austin after all.

    On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court (in a 4-1 vote) provided final approval to a contract with Apple in return for Apple's pledge to bring 3,665 new jobs to the North Austin campus by 2025.

    The deal will give the technology giant between $5.4 million and $6.4 million over 15 years and comes more than a month after the City of Austin approved a 10-year, $8.6 million rebate and the state offered $21 million in incentives from the Texas Enterprise Fund.
    What ultimately helped to seal the deal was a minimum salary provision agreed to by Apple. It requires an average salary of $35,000 for the bottom 10 percent of Apple-employed workers. A minimum of $11 per hour for contractors is also required. The final deal even gives county staff the authority "to extend a number of construction and hiring deadlines."

    Source: The Statesman
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Done Deal: Apple's Austin Campus is Happening started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Roadw3's Avatar
      Roadw3 -
      If only they could have gotten Chinese salaries, that would have been a win.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by Roadw3 View Post
      If only they could have gotten Chinese salaries, that would have been a win.
      Are you being sarcastic? Cause this comment sounds like you in courage underpayment
    1. firetwuck's Avatar
      firetwuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      Are you being sarcastic? Cause this comment sounds like you in courage underpayment
      It is sarcasm. You must be in Texas. (just kidding, you seem smart)
    1. jbardi's Avatar
      jbardi -
      Oh for god sake, would people quit comparing China to the U.S.? How about Somalia? or Guatemala? The price of living is so low in these countries because they are not buying $50 Xbox games and other frivolous crap... Wages are based on the culture, society and product demand. These people are buying food, not nice cars. Stupid comparisons are a waste of time.

      Chinese workers would be underpaid at their current salary if they lived in the U.S., but they don't... They live in China where their wages are decent in comparison to other industries.
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      Quote Originally Posted by firetwuck View Post
      It is sarcasm. You must be in Texas. (just kidding, you seem smart)
      Lmao