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Facebook Plans $750 Million Data Center in New Albany, Ohio

08/17/2017
Facebook plans to establish its newest $750 million data center in New Albany, Ohio.

“I am pleased that Facebook has selected Ohio for its newest data center and grateful to our JobsOhio economic development team and its partners for helping to make this happen,” said Governor John R. Kasich. The company is expanding in New Albany, Ohio, creating at least 50 full-time positions and generating over $4 million in new annual payroll.

Facebook’s data centers house the infrastructure, or giant machines, that make it possible to connect billions of people. Their data centers accommodate the growing number of photos and videos being shared, and ensure people’s memories are always available.

Ohio’s competitive business climate was a factor in Facebook’s decision to choose Ohio over the competition. “We're thrilled to have found a home in Ohio and to embark on this exciting partnership,” said Erin Egan, Facebook’s Vice President, US Public Policy. “Everything here has been as advertised, from a committed set of community partners and strong pool of talent to the opportunity to power our facility with 100 percent renewable energy. The Buckeye State is a great place to do business.”

JobsOhio, Ohio’s economic development organization, was critical in Facebook’s investment. “Along with the City of New Albany and Columbus 2020, we welcome Facebook to Ohio,” said JobsOhio’s President & Chief Investment Officer, John Minor. “The attraction of Facebook brings another high-performing technology company to this state and strengthens the IT sector, talent and innovation in Ohio.”

Governor Kasich believes Facebook’s data center is a sign of a big shift for Ohio. “This is a $750 million investment in technologies and jobs of the future that will further diversify our state’s economy and, with other leading-edge innovators locating here, help put Ohio front and center in the Knowledge Belt of the 21st century.”

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