Apple Buys 160 Acres in Prineville Oregon’s Enterprise Zone


Apple Inc. confirmed today that it bought 160 acres near Prineville in central Oregon for a new data center, making it the latest tech giant to locate a server farm in the state.
Crook County commissioners signed the $5.6 million deal Feb. 15, said county judge Mike McCabe, who chairs the commission. The Oregonian reported in December that Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple was eyeing the land, about a quarter mile south of a data center operated by Facebook.
Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said “we purchased the land and it’s for a data center,” but would not elaborate further, other than to say it will be a “green” facility. Amazon and Google already own data centers in Oregon, too. The state’s mild climate and relatively low power costs are part of the draw, but tax breaks are the big attraction. Oregon economic development officials offered an “enterprise zone” to Apple, McCabe said. It would spare computers and other equipment from county property taxes for some number of years — a number neither McCabe nor Huguet would specify Tuesday. The break could be worth several million dollars, depending on the size of Apple’s investment.
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