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Apple Awaits as Austin Digs Deeper to Net Texas Expansion

Apple Inc. may spurn Austin and go to the Phoenix area to build an operations center that Texas Governor Rick Perry said last week would bring 3,600 jobs to his state’s capital, according to an Austin official.

Arizona’s biggest metropolitan area remains an alternative for the Cupertino, California-based maker of iPhones, iPads and Macintosh computers, Kevin Johns, Austin’s director of economic growth and redevelopment services, said after a City Council hearing on Apple’s expansion plans.