WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), today released the following statement in response to Facebook’s decision to invest $750 million to build a data center in Huntsville, Alabama:
“Facebook’s decision to build a new data center in Huntsville is evidence that Alabama is and continues to be open for business,” said Senator Shelby. “North Alabama is widely acknowledged for its growing technological capabilities, and I am proud that this highly successful company has recognized the potential of locating in the area. This is a significant opportunity for Madison County, and I look forward to partnering with Facebook and welcoming the company to our great state.”
The Huntsville City Council granted unanimous approval earlier this year for Facebook’s project entity, Starbelt LLC, to purchase 340 acres at $8.5 million in North Huntsville Industrial Park. Once construction on the project is complete, the center will bring at least 100 jobs to the area.