South Carolina's government has announced that Google plans to invest $600 million in a new datacenter on a 210 hectare site at the Mt. Holly Commerce Park in Berkeley County near Charleston, the land for which was purchased by a Google subsidiary, Arum Composites, last year. Google plans to use as many local vendors as possible to build the center to maximize the boost to the local economy. The center is expected to lead to the creation of an initial 200 jobs and should see Google paying just under $2 million per year in property taxes to the county. The Internet search and advertising giant will be partially reimbursed by the state for site preparation and infrastructure as part of South Carolina's Job Development Credits incentive program. The state legislature has also updated the tax rules so that electricity and capital investment in equipment necessary for data centers used in the web search portal and internet service provider industries are exempt from sales tax. Additionally Google is looking at a second site in South Carolina near Columbia, the state capital.
News source: InfoWorld