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Google holds groundbreaking in Jackson County

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Monday, Governor Kay Ivey (R) was in Jackson County for the groundbreaking of Google’s new facility there.

Governor Kay Ivey said on social media, “I’m excited to welcome Google to put down roots here & I look forward to seeing Alabamians provide world-class service to Google customers across the globe.”

Gov Ivey added Thank you Google for not only investing in this new facility but for also investing $100,000 in STEM development in our Jackson County Schools. I’m proud to be in Jackson Co. this morning to celebrate Google’s investment of more than $600 million to build their newest U.S. Data Center right here in Bridgeport.”

Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said, “I was glad to attend today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Google Data Center in Bridgeport. When completed, the Jackson County center will employ an estimated 100 technicians and administrators who will work to keep Search, Gmail, YouTube, and other Google applications operational 24 hours a day for use around the world. It’s great to see more high-tech companies choose the Tennessee Valley, and I’m hopeful this is the start of more investment and development in Jackson County.”

Economic Developer Nicole Jones told the Alabama Political Reporter, “Data centers are one of the State of Alabama’s foundational business targets, meaning the duties associated with these jobs intrinsically provide core competencies for a variety of industries. Alabama made history with Google today. Google’s newest Alabama Data Center project is one of only fourteen (14) sites in the world, with eight (8) in the US and only two (2) constructed since 2007.”

Nicole Jones added, “During the ceremony, Google donated $100,000 to the Jackson County School System to help train the next generation of tech workers, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to workforce development and strengthening the local community.”

Google said the data center in Bridgeport will be a hub for Internet traffic, fitting into a network that keeps the company’s search engine and its other internet-based products functioning around the clock. The project was formally announced in June 2015.

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“Google is committed to investing in Jackson County to create new economic and educational opportunities for the people of Alabama and the surrounding region.” said Dr. Nan Boden, senior director and head of Global Technology Partners for Google Cloud. “As a native Alabamian, I am so proud to be part of the effort to bring this Google data center to life in the coming months and years.”

Google is investing $600 million to build a data center in Bridgeport in Jackson County.

Google is constructing the data center on 360 acres adjacent to the old Widows Creek coal-fired power plant, which was decommissioned in 2015 by the Tennessee Valley Authority after decades of operation. TVA is working with Google to provide renewable energy to fully match the facility’s power usage.

The Alabama facility will become its 14th data center globally and the eighth in the U.S.

“This is a big day for Bridgeport because it helps our city in many different ways,” Mayor David “Bubba” Hughes said. “Having Google in our community will bring us great jobs and offer real opportunities for our young people. Google is a generous supporter of schools, and the company’s presence will help us recruit other high-tech companies. No doubt about it — this a game-changer for us.”

“Google is a company that has an international reputation for excellence,” Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said. :This particular project has so much meaning not only for Jackson County but also for the state of Alabama, The Google footprint, initially at $600 million, is an incredible commitment to establishing and expanding the company’s internet capabilities.”

Gov. Ivey said, “When Google was searching for its next location, I’m glad they found Alabama. This particular project has so much meaning not only for Jackson County but also for the state of Alabama.”

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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