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3 reasons Facebook chose to build its $750M data center in Ohio

Facebook plans to develop a $750 million data center in New Albany near Columbus, the social media giant announced on Tuesday.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the social media company announced Facebook will build its 10th data center in New Albany, which is just northeast of Columbus. Kasich said the announcement is “further proof that Ohio is earning the reputation as the place to be.”

Here’s what to know about Facebook’s expansion in Ohio:

1. Facebook will build a 22-acre data center, and it will be powered entirely by renewable energy. About 100 people are expected to be employed at the facility, and the center begins services starting in 2019, The Associated Press reported.

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2. The social media giant was attracted to build in Oho because of the location, government support, livability and workforce talent, according to Rachel Peterson, the company’s director of data center strategy and development. The company was also attracted to the area because of the availability of renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydro energy.

3. The announcement is a big win for Ohio. Kasich said the state is diversifying its economy, veering away from solely investing in the manufacturing industry. “Ohio has it all,” Kasich told The Associated Press. “You’ve got the cool factor. You’ve got exciting companies. You’ve got the lower cost of living.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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