Apple is looking to supercharge the already thriving startup scene in Austin.

The company will build a 133-acre corporate campus in the city, which will initially bring 5,000 jobs, with the capacity to expand to 15,000 jobs total, Apple announced Thursday. Austin is already home to 6,200 Apple employees, its largest cluster of workers outside Cupertino, according to the company. The new campus will be housed less than a mile away from the company's existing facilities and could make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.

"Talent, creativity, and tomorrow's breakthrough ideas aren't limited by region or ZIP code," said CEO Tim Cook in a statement announcing the news. "With this new expansion, we're redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide."

Apple also said it will build new offices in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, and plans to create more than 1,000 new jobs in each city. Over the next three years, it will also grow its presence in Pittsburgh, New York, and Boulder, Colorado, with hundreds of new jobs. In January, Apple committed to invest $30 billion in the U.S. and create 20,000 jobs over the next five years. The company already added 6,000 U.S. jobs in 2018, and now employs 90,000 people in all 50 states.

Austin is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, growing by roughly 151 people each day. In recent years, several prominent figures from the startup community have opted to relocate there, including Tim Ferriss, startup investor and author of The 4-Hour Workweek. In September, Peter Thiel moved his venture capital firm Mithril Capital to Austin from San Francisco.

Published on: Dec 13, 2018