This $600 million investment by Google will see as many as 100 high-skilled jobs to the community.
The Google complex, which is expected to employ from 75 to 100 people there once in full operation, was heralded by Alabama officials Monday for turning an economic hardship to a potential economic windfall.
Google officials told us most the work done at the data center here will serve the southeast region of the united states.
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Google said it selected the Jackson County site because it offered the right combination of energy infrastructure and developable land. "Ultimately, Google will help us recruit other high-tech companies to our area".
"Naturally, it's going to help science, technology, math, things like that in our schools".
"Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology".
This morning, Google employee Lawrence (from Android Auto team) broke the good news to those complaining for about past eight months, saying the fix will be incorporated in the next Google Play Services release scheduled in June, 2018.
The former TVA plant shut down in 2015 after generating coal-fired electricity for TVA for 63 years.
"Google is committed to investing in Jackson County to create new economic and educational opportunities for the people of Alabama and the surrounding region", said Dr. Nan Boden, Senior Director and Head of Global Technology Partners for Google Cloud.
She added, "When Google was searching for its next location, I'm glad they found Alabama".
Google has an option for more of the abandoned Widows Creek plant, which TVA is continuing to disassemble and clean up.
Repurposing the Widows Creek site and committing to match 100 percent of their electricity consumption at the Alabama data center with renewable energy purchases reflects Google's longtime leadership on renewable energy.
"Data centers like this are the engines of the Internet and deliver key tools and resources to our users, including search results, YouTube videos, Gmail and other apps and data links all around the world", Standridge said. "It is our data centers that make that possible".
The overall environment and philosophy of Silicon Valley notwithstanding, it can be hard to find too many other companies that have employees who are as progressive as those in Google.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at the groundbreaking for Google's $600 million data center in Jackson County.