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Microsoft expanding in Mecklenburg; creating 30 new jobs

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday morning that Microsoft Corp. will invest $348 million to expand its modular data center site in Mecklenburg County.

The company will build two additional facilities on its data center campus to increase capacity to serve its growing customer base, according to a news release from the governor's office. 


The project is expected to create 30 new jobs. Microsoft’s original project in 2010 involved an investment of up to $499 million and 50 new jobs. In 2011 the company invested an additional $150 million to expand the site. 


As part of its commitment to carbon neutrality, Microsoft is offsetting the gross carbon emissions from this data center by purchasing an equivalent amount of renewable energy credits.  


“In 2010 we were confident that Microsoft’s plans to establish one of its most advanced data centers in Mecklenburg County would be a transformational project," McDonnell said. "This second expansion within 16 months of the previous one is a great testament to Microsoft’s success and commitment to Virginia. 


The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Mecklenburg County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Mecklenburg County with the project, according to the release. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $2 million in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. 


“The Commonwealth’s critical IT infrastructure enables us to attract global companies like Microsoft, which continually proves itself as an essential corporate partner to Southern Virginia,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “We thank the company for its major investments in Mecklenburg County, and remain committed to a strong alliance as the operation grows.”


“The expansion of Microsoft Corporation bringing new jobs and investment to Mecklenburg County is especially good news in these tough economic times,” said Delegate Tommy Wright, a member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “I am very pleased that the Tobacco Commission was able to be a contributing partner with this economic development project.”