Facebook will invest $800 million to build a new state-of-the-art data center in Gallatin to create approximately 100 jobs, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Wednesday.
Gallatin officials told The Tennessee Star that Facebook will hire locally.
“Facebook will most likely bring in a campus director, but they will post the jobs for anyone in the area who would like to apply for them. One of the things was we started several years ago working with a community college,” said Gallatin Economic Development (ECD) Agency Executive Director James Fenton.
“There are already cyber classes, cyber security classes, programming classes, all that kind of stuff at the community college as well as putting together a partnership between the community college and the Nashville Technology Council for their printing program. Anyone between now and the time the first building first opens in two years could learn the kinds of skillsets that will be necessary. We worked hard on that to make sure folks in the area will have a shot at those jobs.”
ECD officials, in a press release, said more than 1,100 construction workers will work on 982,000 square-foot facility.
The center, located about 30 miles from Nashville, will house various types of workers, including technical operations, electricians, logistics staff, and security.
Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown told The Star in an email Wednesday that the facility is “a huge server farm” that will store and process Facebook’s data and other platforms.
Facebook spokeswoman Melanie Roe said the company started conversing with Gallatin officials in 2017.
“We will be posting jobs on the Facebook Careers page within the next few weeks,” Roe said in an email.
“People can also follow the Gallatin Data Center Facebook page for more information.”
Roe also said company officials chose Gallatin because it has “access to renewable energy, a great talent pool for both operations and construction and wonderful community partners.”
Fenton said the data center will need its own infrastructure, but he also said Facebook officials will pay for it.
“Facebook has already shipped the city of Gallatin $9.6 million to help us improve our water and sewer system to beef it up for them, and they are also going to ship us close to $6 million to build a road,” Fenton said.
“There is some infrastructure needed, but they are paying for everything. None of that is coming out of the taxpayer dollar.”
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected] The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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