HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that Facebook plans to invest an additional $750 million to expand its data center in Henrico County.
The new funds — you’ll recall last year Facebook announced a $1 billion investment into the local data center — will allow the social media company to construct three new 500,000 square-foot buildings, bringing the planned total square footage to over 2.4 million square feet.
With the additional buildings, the data center will expand to five buildings totaling more than 2.4 million square feet, officials said. The project will support approximately 1,500 construction jobs. The data center will support more than 200 full-time positions once completed.
“The Commonwealth’s data center industry is one of the strongest in the nation, and Facebook’s decision to make a second substantial investment in Henrico County less than a year after its first announcement speaks volumes about the quality of our workforce, IT infrastructure, and business climate,” Governor Northam said.
“We are honored to have Facebook on our corporate roster, and we look forward to building on our partnership. Virginia is committed to providing the framework, tech talent, and training programs for industries of the future, and today is another milestone in our efforts to win major projects for the Commonwealth.”
Below is reaction from other state and local representatives:
“With data centers located around the globe, Facebook had many options when deciding where to expand, and we are thrilled the social media giant is reinvesting in its Henrico data center. The Commonwealth will continue to ensure Virginia is the best home for tech and data center companies. We thank Facebook for its significant investment in Henrico County and Virginia.” — Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball
“Henrico County is thrilled to share the news that our friends at Facebook continue to see value and opportunity in our community. This additional investment is affirmation that the company made the right choice last year when it selected Henrico’s White Oak Technology Park as the site for its new data center. The infrastructure is here, and so is the talent to support it. The first phase of the project is well underway, and Henrico County is excited for the additional jobs and investment that this significant expansion will bring.” — Tyrone E. Nelson, Varina District Supervisor and Vice Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors
“Facebook’s decision to expand in Henrico County is a win-win situation both for Facebook, and most importantly, my constituents. Virginia is a critical technology hub—this data center will bring good-paying jobs to the highly trained workers here. I will continue to support legislation in Congress that will advance successful private-public partnerships like the one announced today. Thank you, Governor Northam.” — Congressman Donald McEachin
“Facebook’s additional investment is a recognition that Virginia is an attractive place for technology businesses. I am pleased that the new expansion will be powered by renewables, ensuring returns for today’s workers and future generations.” — Senator Jennifer McClellan
“It’s very exciting to be celebrating one of Henrico County’s newest corporate partners again so soon with a significant reinvestment. Facebook announced an ambitious build-out for its Henrico data center, and they have been working aggressively to meet that timeline. I commend them on their commitment to the County and Virginia, and am proud to have Facebook call the 74th District home.” — Delegate Lamont Bagby