Raleigh, NC — Christopher Chung, chief executive officer of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), issued this statement today after Apple announced its plans to invest $1 billion to build a new campus and engineering hub in North Carolina, creating at least 3,000 jobs in the state.
The EDPNC is among the state and local partners involved in the recruitment of Apple.
“Apple’s global name recognition and the scale of its new presence in the Research Triangle will elevate North Carolina’s already strong reputation for producing highly skilled tech workers as well as having the quality of life and affordability that attract more of the same,” said Christopher Chung, chief executive officer of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
“We expect other businesses ― particularly in Silicon Valley and even globally ― to take notice of this major announcement. And that will definitely boost our future recruitment efforts,” Chung said.
“The Apple announcement is actually the latest in a clear trend of diverse companies with California roots locating operations in North Carolina,” Chung said. “Just since the beginning of 2021, that has included Silicon Valley companies Google, Robinhood, Adverum Biotechnologies and Invitae, as well as other companies such as Pennymac and Gilead Sciences. Those companies are planning to create more than 2,500 new jobs in North Carolina.”
About the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) is a private nonprofit corporation that serves as North Carolina’s statewide economic development organization. The EDPNC focuses on business and job recruitment, existing industry support, international trade, tourism and film marketing. It operates under contract with the North Carolina Department of Commerce. For more information, visit edpnc.com.
Mary Wilson, EDPNC Communications Manager