Apple’s Austin campus, courtesy photo.

Apple’s Austin campus, courtesy photo.

Apple Thursday announced a new $1 billion campus in North Austin with 5,000 additional jobs.

Apple also reports the 133-acre campus, which is less than a mile from its existing facilities, could grow to 15,000 employees and is expected to make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.

“Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in a news release. “Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide.”

Cook visited Austin last year to announce a partnership with the Austin Community College District to offer its App Development with Swift curriculum to students. The program allows students to learn app development skills that will prepare them for careers in the technology industry.

Already, Apple has a large presence in Austin. It has a large seven-building campus in Austin with more than 6,200 employees and is the largest campus of Apple employees outside of its headquarters in Cupertino, California. Apple’s Austin operations focus on chip engineering, technology, administration and customer support. And the nearby Flextronics Factory assembles the Apple Mac Pro.

“Apple is among the world’s most innovative companies and an avid creator of jobs in Texas and across the country,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a news release. “Their decision to expand operations in our state is a testament to the high-quality workforce and unmatched economic environment that Texas offers. I thank Apple for this tremendous investment in Texas, and I look forward to building upon our strong partnership to create an even brighter future for the Lone Star State.”

“Jobs created at the new campus will include a broad range of functions including engineering, research and development, operations, finance, sales and customer support,” according to Apple.