Following recent media reports that Apple has begun a nationwide search for a location for a second campus, today, Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo (C-West Seneca) sent a letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook inviting him to Western New York to tour the area.
“We made our pitch to Amazon in the last few months, unfortunately it was unsuccessful according to news today, but now it’s time we make our pitch to Apple. When one door closes, another opens. This isn’t the old Buffalo. We think big and we take our shot. I know what our community has to offer. I’m confident we can compete with any city big or small in the country,” stated Legislator Lorigo.
According to reports from the Associated Press, Apple is planning to build a second campus over the next five years that will employ an estimated 20,000 workers. The new campus is expected to be completely powered by green energy.
It is part of a $350 billion commitment Apple plans to make to the U.S. economy. Additionally, because of recent federal tax reform, Apple is planning to bring back $250 billion of offshore money to the United States, which is expected to result in $38 billion in additional tax revenue to the US.
“I’ve already begun to reach out to other elected officials and our regional economic development agencies to make sure we have a plan in place. When opportunities like this arise, we have to work together to make the best possible pitch,” concluded Lorigo.
In September Legislator Lorigo also made efforts to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Buffalo. The Erie County Legislature passed a resolution he introduced in support of Amazon in Western New York. According to a release from Amazon this morning, Buffalo did not make the list of the twenty finalists.