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Douglas County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jones attends Switch Bill Signing Ceremony

05_07_switch_bill_signingDouglas County Board of Commission Chair Dr. Romona Jackson Jones attended a gathering at the State Capitol Monday to observe Governor Nathan Deal sign into law House Bill 696, referred to as the “Switch Bill.”  The passing of House Bill 696 clears the way for the construction of Switch’s 1 million square foot data center in Douglas County, known as The Keep Campus.

“We are thrilled and excited to have Switch here in Douglas County, and the passage of this bill sends a message that Douglas County is open for business,” said Chairman Jones. “Economic development is the pivotal point of progress in Douglas County.”

The Keep Campus in Douglas County is expected to be the highest-rated data center ecosystem in the Southeast region. Douglas County will serve as a Switch PRIME hub for the Southeastern United States.

HB 696 legislation expands existing sales and uses tax exemption to apply to hyper-scale colocation facilities with a minimum investment of $250 million.  The legislation encourages data center development in rural areas based on population to expand technology infrastructure across all of Georgia.

Switch is planning to employ its long-held practice of hiring local workers to build The Keep Campus, from site preparation throughout the development of the massive project.  Switch is expected to employ hundreds of additional workers at the site during the project’s construction and build out.

Switch, a global technology solutions corporation is based in Las Vegas, Nevada where it operates the largest data center in the United States at 2.2 million square feet.

The company said it would add a minimum of over a 100 jobs with wages of at least $25 per hour with an investment of approximately $702.5 million in Douglas County, which will be undertaken in three phases of construction.

For more information, contact Rick Martin, Director of Communications and Community Relations for Douglas County at 770-920-7303 or email at rickmartin@douglas.ga.us.

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