DeKalb Data Center has a positive impact on local communities

Facebook DeKalb Data Center broke ground in 2020.  This project is truly a mecca for DeKalb. A landmark project of a 907, 000 square-foot campus and an investment of more than $800 million.  Facebook DeKalb Data Center will have an extensive and profound impact both near and far, for many years to come. It supports jobs, uses new renewable energy resources, and creates opportunities for local suppliers, contractors, and businesses.

First of all, Facebook is committed to hiring locally.  In DeKalb, construction of the Data Center will result in an average of 1,200 construction workers on-site daily during peak construction. Once completed, it will support approximately 100 technical and professional jobs.

Second, Facebook has set a new aggressive goal to reach net-zero emissions in 2030.  It now supports two projects that total 311 MW of wind energy across Illinois and Iowa: the 140 MW wind farm in Grundy County, IA, and the 170 MW wind farm in Morgan County, IL.  Facebook is on track to reach net-zero carbon emissions and 100% renewable energy for the company’s global operations.

Third, Facebook demonstrates being a good community partner in their data center communities and has begun investing in the long-term vitality of DeKalb and the surrounding communities and the residents, through its annual Community Action Grants program. The program is designed to fund projects that use the power of technology for community benefit, connect people online and offline while enhancing STEM education.

DCEDC, DeKalb County businesses, and residents, are all thrilled about the Facebook Data Center.  We look forward to continued collaboration and strengthening our mutual partnership with Facebook.

Thank you for choosing DeKalb for your new home, Facebook.  We are proud to have you here!

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