The company is looking at plots of land in Northern Virginia and in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP).
Citing various sources in the legal, real estate, and state government sectors, The Triangle Business Journal reported on Wednesday that the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill - an area referred to also as Triangle Research Park - are now at the top of Apple's short list of potential locations for its upcoming campus development. In addition, the average salary for Apple employees in the area - which would include research and development positions - would be roughly $130,000 according to WRAL News.
Cook graduated from the Fuqua School of Business with a Master of Business Administration in 1988, and Eddy Cue-senior vice president of internet software and services at Apple-graduated from Duke with a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics in 1986.
Cooper's office neither confirmed nor denied the report to Business Insider. That's in contrast to Amazon's search for a second headquarters, which issued an open request for proposals.
The new campus is part of Apple's effort to spend $30 billion and hire around 20,000 employees in the United States, expanding beyond the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California.
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The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Northern Virginia is in the running for the new location-but it may not be the only East Coast site in contention.
Although tax incentives will most likely be part of the package that lures Apple to a new region, Cook has said that he does not want an "auction kind of process". Both companies plan to select their sites this year.
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