While Amazon.com (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL) narrow their searches for secondary headquarters, Facebook (FB) plans to invest $750 million over five years on a huge data center near Atlanta.
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The social-media giant's ninth U.S. data center, to be built about 45 miles east of downtown Atlanta, is expected to be fully operational in 2020, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said earlier this week. Its two buildings will eat up 970,000 square feet and employ 100.
Facebook is adding data centers domestically and internationally to handle videos, photos and other digital content for its 2.13 billion members.
Data centers are sprouting in and around the Atlanta area, establishing itself as a mecca of sorts. Switch (SWCH) and CyrusOne (CONE) previously announced their intentions for major new facilities in Douglas County, where Alphabet's Google (GOOGL) already has a data center.
Facebook's expansion efforts come as big tech companies, flush with cash from tax cuts, plow billions of dollars into new facilities in the U.S. that will employ thousands and enrich local economies.
Amazon is looking at 20 regions for its second headquarters, a $5 billion project that will employ up to 50,000. Apple plans to open a second major campus -- it is based in Cupertino, Calif. -- although it has ruled out California and Texas as potential sites.
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