Facebook data center coming to Utah

On May 30th, Facebook announced it had plans to build a data center on a 490-acre site in Eagle Mountain, Utah. The center is expected to open in 2020, and will create around 30 to 50 full-time jobs and additional contract opportunities on an as needed basis. The City of Eagle Mountain has said that the project “represents a $750 million investment in [the city],” according to Fox Business.

Facebook has announced it will invest $100 million in local infrastructure in Eagle Mountain. This includes roads and a new electric substation. To make this investment appealing for Facebook, the company is “set to receive $150 million in property tax incentives.” Tax exemption legislation in Eagle Mountain was actually passed in 2016, with the exact purpose of attracting data centers.

“After a thorough search, we selected Eagle Mountain for a number of reasons – it provides good access to renewable energy, a strong talent pool, and a great set of partners,” said Rachel Peterson, vice president of data center strategy at Facebook, in a news release. Facebook’s decision to put its center in this region does not come as a huge surprise, because it will be located 15 miles south of another data center, belonging to the National Security Agency.

Source: foxbusiness.com – Facebook plans to build huge Utah data center
Published: May 30, 2018