Microsoft to expand in county
For the fifth time since its arrival in Mecklenburg County in 2010, Microsoft has announced another large expansion for its Boydton data center outside of Boydton.
In a statement released by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday, the governor announced that the $251.6 million expansion will bring an additional 44 jobs to the area.
“Mecklenburg County is again pleased that Microsoft Corporation has decided to expand their Boydton data center for the fifth time,” said Glenn Barbour, chairman, Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors. “This expansion continues to showcase our county and its attributes to the world. We look forward to continuing our close partnerships with Microsoft and our state and local partners as this project continues to grow and expand our local economy.”
Microsoft started with a $499 million investment in Mecklenburg in 2010, creating a state-of-the-art data center in Boydton. A year later, the project was expanded, bringing an additional investment of $150 million. In 2013, the software giant announced another expansion worth $348 million, and in 2014, another expansion of the facility brought another investment of $346.7 million and another 90 jobs to the area.
The last Microsoft expansion was announced last November with an additional $402.4 million and another 42 jobs.
Speaking on the latest expansion announced on Wednesday, McAuliffe commented on the nearly $2 billion Microsoft has invested in the county and more than 250 jobs brought to the area.
“With five expansions in six year, this company’s success continues to be a testament to Southern Virginia’s talented workforce and strong IT infrastructure,” McAuliffe said. “The Commonwealth is emerging as a leader in the data center industry, and we are honored to have such a valued corporate partner aid us in our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”
Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure Strategy & Architecture General Manager Christian Belady noted the demand for cloud services continues to grow globally as cloud services are transforming entire industries.
“We will continue to invest in growing our capacity to meet the expanding demand of our customers in close collaboration with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the County of Mecklenburg,” he said.
Over the last decade, data centers have been an increasing presences in the Commonwealth with many companies selecting rural areas for their facilities. The trend has brought more than $11 billion in capital investment to the state and over 8,400 jobs.
To assist in the latest expansion project, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Mecklenburg County worked together. McAulife approved a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund, and the Virginia Tobacco Revitalization Commission supplied $970,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds.
“The Tobacco Commission is pleased that Microsoft has found our region to be a good location to continue to expand its data center capacity,” said state Sen. Frank Ruff, vice chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. “The company has been a great asset to Mecklenburg, and we look forward to this latest expansion.”
Del. Tommy Wright, chairman of the Southside Economic Development Committee of the Tobacco Commission, added, “I am also very pleased that the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $970,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. The continued investment in Mecklenburg County of $251 million and the creation of 44 new jobs is great for Mecklenburg County and for the Commonwealth of Virginia.”