Apple is planning a new campus. Could it be in the Triangle?

Apple’s main campus in Cupertino Calif. MUST CREDIT Bloomberg

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"These changes are made based on conversations we've had with several companies we've almost missed on bringing to North Carolina", Berger said.

Apple's move into North Carolina is expected to consist of two stages: a 1,000-employee leased site off Weston Parkway in Cary, followed by a move to a 300-acre site in Research Triangle Park in Wake County.

Apple's search for a new campus location is being conducted in secret. The new campus will hold call center workers at first.

An Apple announcement for the North Carolina campus is reportedly set for early June.

Apple has been looking for a new location for its new campus.

With word swirling that Apple has targeted the Triangle for a major campus, legislative leaders rolled out changes to the state's incentives program, dropping the jobs and capital investment thresholds to qualify as a "transformative project" and receive juiced-up rebates of employee withholding taxes.

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There is certainly something about Northern Virginia that is catching the eye of tech companies, as the area is also among the 20 finalists for the location of the second Amazon headquarters.

Economic development officials under Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) proposed several sites for the project after Apple representatives said the company was seeking 4 million square feet of office space to accommodate 20,000 jobs, according to officials and real estate executives familiar with the discussions.

Tens of thousands of the world's brightest technology developers could be heading to Northern Virginia in the next few years, as two of the world's largest tech companies are said to be considering building their next facilities there. Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed the matter with state officials when he visited Duke University to give a commencement speech at this year's graduation ceremonies.

Apple didn't immediately return a request for comment. Cooper has reportedly been negotiating an incentive package to entice Apple, but such a package is said to still need approval from the North Carolina state legislature.

N.C. Chamber of Commerce President Lew Ebert welcomed Thursday's proposed changes to JDIG and the possibility of Apple opening a campus in the Triangle.

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