Facebook Picks Site for New Data Center, Bringing $1 Billion Investment to State

Oct 5, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Facebook has settled on the site where it will invest $1 billion in a new data center, with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announcing today that the company will build the center in the state’s Henrico County, outside Richmond.

CNN reports that the company will put $750 million into construction and another $250 million into multiple solar facilities to power the facility.

Facebook already has data centers in Oregon, North Carolina and Iowa, with construction currently under way on centers in Fort Worth, Texas; Los Lunas, New Mexico; and New Albany, Ohio, the report notes.

In announcing the Virginia plans, McAuliffe said: “Working with companies like Facebook and many others, we are advancing Virginia’s position as a global leader in the technology economy.”

CNN notes that the project is expected to generate 100 full-time jobs, adding: “Facebook will receive about $19 million in state tax exemptions through 2035, according to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.”

Rachel Peterson, Facebook’s director of data center strategy, said in a statement: “One of the many important factors in our search for a new data center location is being able to source clean and renewable energy. We also look for great partnerships within the local community, robust infrastructure … and a strong pool of local talent.”

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