During an August 24 event at the Iowa State Capital, Apple announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee. Apple's investment will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area. The company will also contribute up to $100 million toward community development and infrastructure for Waukee. Construction on the data center is expected to start in early 2018 with plans to bring the facility online in 2020.
The public announcement at the State Capital included comments from Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Waukee Mayor Bill Peard, and Apple CEO Tim Cook.