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Meta Platforms to Open $800 Million Data Center in Alabama

Montgomery- (WDnews) Governor Kay Ivey revealed today that technology giant Meta Platforms is set to establish an $800 million data center in Alabama’s capital, promising to bolster the state’s tech landscape and create 100 operational jobs.

The 715,000-square-foot, AI-optimized facility will be situated in Montgomery, adjacent to the Hyundai automotive assembly plant, and will complement Meta’s existing data center in Huntsville, representing a total investment commitment of $1.5 billion in the state.

“Meta’s decision to expand its presence in Alabama highlights the state’s appeal to the high-tech sector,” Governor Ivey remarked during the unveiling ceremony at the Montgomery Whitewater facility, attended by Meta officials and local leaders.

Scheduled to commence operations by the end of 2026, the Montgomery data center will be Meta’s 24th globally and its 20th in the United States. It will prioritize sustainability, aiming for LEED Gold certification and relying on 100% renewable energy.

Brad Davis, Meta’s director of community and economic development, expressed enthusiasm for the company’s Montgomery venture, citing the city’s infrastructure, renewable energy resources, and supportive community partners.

Construction of the facility, expected to engage over 1,000 workers at its peak, is already underway at the designated site. Meta’s investment signifies a significant milestone for Montgomery’s economic development, according to local officials.

Mayor Steven L. Reed emphasized the project’s role in advancing Central Alabama’s transition to a knowledge-based economy, while Montgomery County Commissioner Doug Singleton hailed it as a testament to Meta’s commitment to the region.

Caryn Hughes, chair of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, praised the collaborative efforts that secured the Meta project, anticipating its substantial economic impact and job creation prospects for the region.

Meta’s expansion in Alabama underscores the company’s dedication to sustainability and community engagement, following its initial foray into the state with the Huntsville data center in 2018. With over 300 operational jobs in Huntsville, Meta’s investments have also extended to renewable energy projects and educational initiatives in the area.