Facebook is set to invest $750m in a new data centre in Stanton Springs, Georgia, US, over the next five years, and create at least 100 full-time jobs, including positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data centre technicians.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said: “Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class technological infrastructure continue to attract innovative companies like Facebook.
“It is fitting that the No. 1 company in the world in terms of active users has chosen the No. 1 state for business for this project.
“We appreciate Facebook’s leadership for recognising Georgia as a state that serves not only as a major hub for general business, but also as a place where tech firms can be successful in the future.
“This project represents a significant investment and will create meaningful opportunities for the surrounding community. We welcome Facebook to Georgia and look forward to the growth of this partnership.”
The Newton data centre, Facebook’s ninth data centre in the US, will help the company provide apps and services to more than two billion people around the world.
Facebook plans to construct two buildings to occupy 970,000ft², which will be fully operational in 2020.
Facebook vice president of data centre strategy Rachel Peterson said: “As a company, Facebook is committed to creating positive impact at the local level - that means hiring, partnering and investing locally.
“We are thrilled to be making Georgia our new home and look forward to a long and strong partnership with the state, Newton County, and our new community.”
Facebook’s data centres are said to be among the most advanced, energy-efficient facilities in the world.
The Newton data centre will be powered by clean and renewable energy, and cooled using outdoor air instead of energy-intensive air-conditioners. It will also house Facebook’s hardware, which powers apps and other services.