Feb 15, 2019
by Josh Anderson
NEW ALBANY, OH – The city of New Albany, OH become the Hyperscale Hub of the Midwest. Google plans to build a massive $600 Million USD data center in the small town outside Columbus (home of Ohio State University), adding to the data center already in operation by Amazon and one in the works for Facebook. The facility will be located on the West side of the city, on Beech Road and South of the State Route 161 interchange.
“Google investing in Ohio to open a new data center is great news for our state. This adds to the list of tech companies that are looking here to grow their operations. Ohio has a history of innovation and through InnovateOhio, we aim to position our state for this to be true in the future as well. Our administration will embrace a tech and talent strategy that will improve opportunity and the quality of life for everyone,” remarked Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor John Husted.
“When one of the world’s biggest tech companies was looking to invest, they chose Ohio. Ohio is establishing itself as a premier destination for technology investment, and it further strengthens our case that Ohio is becoming the tech capital of the Midwest,” continued Husted.
The facility will be built on 447 acres in the New Albany International Business Park, straddling the counties of Franklin and Licking. The acreage was purchased for $54.5 Million USD in late 2018 by Montauk Innovations, an affiliate of Google, leading to much speculation. However this news, announced in tandem by the city of New Albany, the State of Ohio and the tech behemoth itself, finally makes its official.
“We’re very excited about their investment in New Albany, in the central Ohio region and the state of Ohio,” said New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee. Google has, not surprisingly, been the beneficiary of millions of dollars in state and local tax incentives for this development. State tax incentives alone have totaled at least $40 Million USD.