AT&T plans to build a $200 million data center in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, creating more than 100 full time jobs in the southwest region of the state.
During the two years that the data center is being built, the company expects to create more than 1,000 construction-related jobs, state economic development officials predict.
"We appreciate the years of hard work by North Carolina's visionary leaders, at both the state and local levels, who have made this state attractive for companies looking to invest and a good place to do business," said Cynthia Marshall, President of AT&T North Carolina. "Four years after opening a broadband technical support call center down east, in Goldsboro, North Carolina, we are thrilled to announce today that AT&T's newest data center will be located in western North Carolina."
"AT&T could have located this data center anywhere, but they chose North Carolina," said North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue. "Their decision is a testament to the excellent economic environment we've created for technology innovation in this state. With each evolution of AT&T's business, we've seen the fruits of their investment here. This data center is just another sign of their commitment to North Carolina."
The region has benefitted from aggressive tax incentives passed by the state legislature, as well as abundant land and affordable power from Duke Energy, state economic development officials noted. Other internet-related firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple have located their server farms in the state.
State officials predicted the data center in Kings Mountain will create an ongoing economic impact of $935 million over 10 years. That figure includes spending on annual goods and services to support the data center's ongoing operations.