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Deal: Facebook to Invest $750 Million in Stanton Springs Data Center

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Facebook will create at least 100 full-time jobs and invest $750 million in a new data center in Stanton Springs over the next five years. New jobs will include positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data center technicians.

“Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class technological infrastructure continue to attract innovative companies like Facebook,” said Deal. “It is fitting that the No. 1 company in the world in terms of active users has chosen the No. 1 state for business for this project. We appreciate Facebook’s leadership for recognizing Georgia as a state that serves not only as a major hub for general business, but also as a place where tech firms can be successful in the future. This project represents a significant investment and will create meaningful opportunities for the surrounding community. We welcome Facebook to Georgia and look forward to the growth of this partnership.”

The Newton Data Center will be part of the highly advanced infrastructure that helps Facebook provide apps and services to more than 2 billion people around the world. The new facility will be Facebook’s ninth data center in the U.S.

“As a company, Facebook is committed to creating positive impact at the local level – that means hiring, partnering and investing locally,” said Rachel Peterson, VP of Data Center Strategy at Facebook. “We are thrilled to be making Georgia our new home and look forward to a long and strong partnership with the state, Newton County, and our new community.”

Facebook will construct two buildings to occupy 970,000 square feet. The buildings will be fully operational in 2020.

“We couldn’t be happier to have such an outstanding company like Facebook as one of our community corporate partners,” said Shane Short, executive director of the Development Authority of Walton County. “This is just the beginning of a long-term partnership that will continue to grow stronger. We value our partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Commissioner Pat Wilson, and his professional team, especially EJane Caraway. We are appreciative that they helped us with this project.”

Facebook’s data centers are among the most advanced, energy-efficient facilities in the world. The Newton Data Center will be powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy, and cooled using outdoor air instead of energy-intensive air conditioners. The facility will also house Facebook’s hyper-efficient hardware, which powers apps and other services.

“I am excited for Facebook and their new data center to join an industry ecosystem here that is known for being a hub of technological innovation,” said Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Hala Moddelmog. “Facebook will be able to take advantage of our skilled engineering workforce and leading telecommunications infrastructure.”

GDEcD Director of Life Sciences and Corporate Solutions EJane Caraway represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties, Walton EMC, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Power and other state and local agencies.

“When a world leader in technology such as Facebook chooses to locate an essential part of its operations in Georgia, it solidifies what we already know: that we are a prime and safe location for data centers and information technology,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We look forward to welcoming Facebook as a corporate citizen, and are excited about the impact they will have in Newton County. Congratulations to all partners who helped bring this project to fruition.”

Gainesville Student to Attend Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has congratulated another Gainesville student on her acceptance into a United States military academy.

Buford High School’s Audrey Weiner is set to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. The daughter of Mr. Todd and Mrs. Sunny Weiner, Audrey is the captain of Buford’s basketball team and will have the opportunity to play at the Academy. In addition to her athletic achievements, Audrey is a member of the Beta Club and performing chorus.

“One of my favorite parts of representing my neighbors in northeast Georgia is recommending young leaders to U.S. military academies. As an airman myself, I am confident that Audrey’s dedication to excellence will be an asset to the Air Force,” said Collins.

Collins Talks Ag Policy with Gilmer Farm Bureau

ELLIJAY, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) met with the Gilmer County Farm Bureau this week to ask about their perspectives on local agriculture issues and update them on the policy landscape in Washington. As the House Committee on Agriculture prepares the 2018 Farm Bill, Collins and Farm Bureau members agreed that the meeting was a productive and encouraging opportunity for them to hear from one another.

Rep. Doug Collins & Gilmer County Farm Bureau

“Farmers throughout Gilmer County and northeast Georgia bring a diversity of products to consumers, and I’m thankful that Farm Bureau members shared their afternoon and insight with me. The experience that these local farmers bring to the agriculture industry can’t be overestimated, and hearing from them allows me to work effectively with my colleagues in Congress to shape federal policies to better reflect the priorities of Georgia’s farming community,” said Collins following the event.

The group discussed the issues inherent to family and smaller-scale operations, including a serious lack of available labor. In both Washington and Georgia’s Ninth District, Collins has emphasized the need for an effective guest worker program to allow growers to produce and harvest the nation’s food supply. The roundtable also discussed the potential need for more agriculture education in schools in order to prepare the next generation of American farmers.

After talking through a spectrum of challenges from country of origin labeling to poultry processing speeds, Collins encouraged the Gilmer Farm Bureau members, “Do not grow weary of doing good.”