Apple looking to build $1B Nevada data center by year’s end

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Apple’s North Carolina data center

Apple’s taking a billion dollars and heading to Reno, but it’s going to avoid the slots: it plans to invest the money in a data center and a separate shipping and receiving office.

The proposed data center will actually be located east of Sparks, Nev., a little outside Reno. The business office is intended to be located in downtown Reno.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Tuesday from the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting where Apple presented its case for the Sparks data center. The paper quotes Mike Folks, an Apple spokesman, saying that the data center should be up and running before the end of 2012, and that Apple is looking for a “30-year relationship” with the area.

Apple will go before the Reno City Council to make its case for the business center on Wednesday.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, “the data center east…

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