Google has a server farm complex in Douglas County, and operator Switch announced plans in 2017 for a $2.5 billion campus in Douglas as well.
But in general, data centers create relatively few permanent jobs.
Data centers are essentially massive compounds of servers used to power the Internet and hold everything from your Instagram photos to corporate secrets. The explosion of personal and business data usage — from streaming video, the Internet of Things and electronic purchases — means more data center space is needed.
Stanton Springs, a 1,600-plus-acre industrial park about 40 miles east of downtown Atlanta, is co-owned by a local development authority and technology park developer TPA Group.
The Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties was scheduled to meet Monday evening on matters including a purchase and sale agreement, a pre-development agreement and site access agreement.
Shane Short, the economic development director for Walton, and a representative of the authority, said he could comment on active projects. He said the agency might have more to say after the meeting.
A woman who answered the phone at TPA Group said the company does not take calls from the media.
The sprawling complex is home to a Shire plant for plasma-based therapies and a state biomedical training center. The Shire project, formerly part of Baxalta, a spinoff from Baxter International, is expected to employ 1,500 when fully operational.
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