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North Carolina is home to a new massive server farm facility for Google

Google announced this week that it will be investing roughly $600 million USD in building a new data center facility in North Carolina. The new facility will hold server farms that Google will use in its next generation of search and database-intensive applications, particularly its new "Similarity Engine," which removes redundancy in its crawls and results delivery.

Officials at Google indicated that the new facility will hold slightly over 200 employees, most of whom will be network and server specialists. Google's primary research and development facility will still remain in California. Google also has another facility in Arizona, which it had been working on last year.

The state of North Carolina is definitely pleased with Google's announcement, but Google did not just decide to open its doors in North Carolina on a whim. Earlier this year the state put forward roughly $4.8 million as part of an incentives package for Google. The incentives package can grow up to $100 million if Google decides to stay in the region.

According to North Carolina state governor Mike Easley, the state is jumping at the opportunity to work with Google because there have been lots of employment layoffs in the state this past year. "This company will provide hundreds of good-paying, knowledge-based jobs that North Carolinas citizens want. It will help reinvigorate an area hard hit by the loss of furniture and textile jobs with 21st century opportunities," said Easley.

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RE: Was it worth the taxpayers money?
By Ringold on 1/21/2007 11:36:31 PM , Rating: 2
To add to what Samus said, or rather, to cover an additional angle...

In most of these cases, the tax payers aren't writing a check to these companies. That'd be.. well, it'd look illegal, feel illegal, probably should be illegal, but I don't know if it would be or not. No, instead it's typically a tax break versus what they'd of had to pay "normally". Assuming AMD is building on a location that was only marginally productive (or not at all) in NY State, not much direct revenue is actually lost. Instead, more revenue gets raised from the additional activity thats taking place that wouldn't have otherwise...

As with everything else in the government, its a complicated cloak and dagger shell game so you and I don't figure it all out most the time. But these definitely qualify as 'A Good Thing'.

By crystal clear on 1/22/2007 12:56:43 AM , Rating: 2
The comptroller's primary responsibility is to play watchdog over the state's chief executive and his government.

I think my question would be best answered by this man.

The location is Luther Forest.

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