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Here’s what’s happening now:

A new regional vaccine clinic opened Monday in Wake Forest, at the Northern Regional Center. 

The facility, at 350 E. Holding Ave. in Wake Forest, will offer free COVID-19 vaccines five days per week, including after 5 p.m. and on Saturdays. Appointments are required. [info]

The 27587 ZIP code in Wake Forest has the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wake County.

More regional vaccine clinics are coming soon:

What else to know:

⏯️ NC will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after pausing earlier this month.  [RaleighConvergence.com]

📍NC will gain a congressional seat in the U.S. House after 2020 Census data shows the state population has grown. Next, data released in September will inform drawing of new districts. [Axios]
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What Apple's new campus means for Wake County:

Apple announced a new campus and engineering hub will be built in the Research Triangle Park in Wake County. 

Here’s what we know so far, and what we don’t:

The campus will include 3,000 new jobs. Those jobs will be in the fields of machine learning, AI, software engineering and more, according to Apple’s release. These will be high-paying jobs, an average salary of $187,000, according to Wake County.

Schools and community initiatives will benefit from a $100 million fund by Apple for the Raleigh and Durham metro areas.

Apple received incentives from the state, with tax reimbursements of up to $846 million over 39 years. Apple will in turn contribute $110 million to a utility and infrastructure fund for bridges and rural broadband in 80 counties “with the most need,” Governor Roy Cooper said in a Monday press conference

The campus will run off 100% renewable energy, like all of its campuses. 

The scale: In terms of size, the campus will be 1 million square feet. In terms of impact, the new campus was called “historic” and “transformational” in a joint statement from the county and local leaders.

State Sen. Dan Blue compared it to IBM’s transformation our area in the 1960s. The lawmaker, who represents Wake County, also described it as a “ripple effect.”

What we don’t know: The exact location. WRAL reports the location could be between Louis Stephens Drive and Davis Drive, on both sides of 540. If that’s the case, that location is near Cisco and Parkside Town Commons in unincorporated county land near both Cary and Morrisville. Raleigh Convergence requested independent confirmation from the county. 

For context: The Wake County campus is the top announcement in the Apple release that also includes adding employees to existing California sites, constructing its Austin, Texas, campus, and adding a smaller number of employees in Boston, Seattle and Boulder. 

Other tech companies based in Wake County include IBM, Red Hat, Lenovo, SAS, Bandwidth, Citrix and Epic Games
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Downtown Raleigh is getting a distillery:
Young Hearts is the new concept for the former Trophy Tap & Table location on Wilmington Street. From the street pedestrians will be able to observe the working distillery, and the rooftop patio gain heaters and fans. No opening date announced yet. [Out & About]  

Wake County will host a Best Baby Zone town hall at 6 p.m. May 5. Residents and organizations will discuss what's working and what's not in Southeast Raleigh, where Black infants die at disproportionately higher rates than white infants. [info]

Artist Thomas Sayre is creating an earthcasting sculpture on Cary Parkway. The artist created the rings at the NCMA Museum Park and Oberlin Rising earth castings. [WRAL]

William & Company is celebrating six years. The bar on Person Street will have a DJ and free snacks Thursday night to celebrate. [@willcobar]

Garland is now open for dining room and bar reservations. [site]


Meat & Graze will open a cheese and charcuterie bar at Boxyard RTP in summer or fall of this year. [@meatandgraze🧀
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