Google building $600 million data center on former TVA coal plant

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The Google complex, which is expected to employ from 75 to 100 people there once in full operation, was heralded by Alabama officials Monday for turning an economic hardship to a potential economic windfall.

"Data centers like this are the engines of the Internet and deliver key tools and resources to our users, including search results, YouTube videos, Gmail and other apps and data links all around the world", Standridge said.

It will be the 14th data center site for Google worldwide, and only the second new center in the United States since 2007.

Bridgeport Mayor David Hughes said Google's decision to locate in Jackson County should transform the Bridgeport area. "Hopefully, it will help with jobs", said Jackson County Schools Superintendent Kevin Dukes.

Among those who once worked for TVA at Widows Creek was the father of the head of Google's head of global alliances, Nan Boden, who returned to Alabama Monday for the groundbreaking of the new data center. Dr.

Google broke ground on the 500 acre site. We need to put trailer parks put up for the construction workers like that.

As part of its commitment to local communities, Google also announced onsite that it would be donating $100,000 to the Jackson County School District for the growth and development of the region's student STEM programs.

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"As demand increases and we build more capacity, we start with one building and who knows where we end up", said Brenda Standridge, Google site manager. "Google's newest facility on the site of TVA's former fossil plant at Widows Creek ensures that this storied location continues to be a landmark for technology and economic development for the people of North Alabama".

Today was the groundbreaking for the $600 million Google Data Center that's being built in Jackson county. Google has not directly offered a comment on its appeal.

"We're trying to get people".

The company plans to hire as many as 100 technical people, but construction of the $600 million project will have an immediate impact on the community. "It's great to see companies like Google recognize what we in the Tennessee Valley have known all along - that we have a tremendous pool of talent in Northern Alabama and that this is a wonderful place to live and work". The company was one of the first to begin buying renewables on a large scale in 2010 and achieved 100 percent renewable energy for its operations in 2017. This arrangement, and others like it throughout the country, help companies and utilities meet their renewable energy goals.

"Bridgeport is just the ideal balance of land, power, water and a great community for the workforce", said Brenda Standridge, Google's Alabama project manager.

"No doubt about it - this a game-changer for us".

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