This comes at a time when the US economy is poor and Catawba County, NC is experiencing a 15% unemployment rate. The data center should create a large number of jobs (up to 3,000 during construction and around 300 once operational), which is a very good thing.
For now we've no idea what the facility will be used for. In the meantime, congratulations to Apple and Maiden. May you have a long and healthy relationship.