John Carr of Prineville’s Office of Economic Development says there are a lot of things that made the city attractive to Facebook: the land that was available and the climate (which is key for cooling down the equipment the data center will house). Access to affordable power and tax incentives also played a big role. Prineville is situated in a long-term enterprise zone, which means that Facebook will not have to pay property taxes for their first 15 years in central Oregon.
Oregon is home to other large data centers — Google has one in The Dalles and Amazon was building one near Boardman. Both promised to bring jobs and recognition to the surrounding communities and while Google has become a big player in The Dalles since arriving in 2005, construction of the Amazon building has ground to a halt.
Do you live near a data center or work in one? Do you live in Prineville? How will the new Facebook data center affect you?
- Sasha Pieretti: Self-employed house cleaner in Prineville
- Jason Carr: Manager of the Prineville office of economic development for central Oregon
- Tim McCabe: Director of Business Oregon
- Jim Wilcox: Principal broker and owner of Fadness Realty and city councilor in The Dalles