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Governor McDonnell Announces Microsoft Expansion in Mecklenburg County
Company to invest $348 million in second expansion within 16 months, creating 
30 new jobs 
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced 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. The project 
will 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. 
Speaking about today's announcement, Governor McDonnell said, "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. This second 
expansion within 16 months of the previous one is a great testament to 
Microsoft's success and commitment to Virginia. The company continues to grow 
its cloud operations, representing a total of nearly one billion dollars in 
capital investment. The Commonwealth is one of the most active data center 
markets in the country, and Microsoft's rapid development helps continue to 
establish us an industry leader." 
"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 
"We appreciate the strong working relationship with the State of Virginia and 
the County of Mecklenburg," said Christian Belady, general manager of Microsoft 
Data Center Services. "This expansion will allow us to meet the growing demand 
from consumers and businesses for our cloud services in the region in an 
increasingly efficient manner. These facilities showcase state-of-the-art 
designs developed from our latest technology and infrastructure research that 
continues to minimize water, energy use, and building costs, while increasing 
computing capacity, software capabilities, and server utilization." 
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. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization 
Commission approved $2 million in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the 
"Without a doubt, Mecklenburg County is overjoyed with this announcement," said 
the Honorable Glenn E. Barbour, Chairman-Mecklenburg County Board of 
Supervisors. "We find Microsoft to be a great corporate citizen and its 
contributions to our economic growth are almost without measure. We are 
confident that Microsoft also finds Mecklenburg County to be a reliable 
government partner and progressive in its views toward our business citizens. 
It is certainly the responsibility of government to aid in the economic growth 
of its communities by fostering a pro business attitude which ultimately leads 
to its citizens having economic stability and opportunities to expand their 
personal well being. It goes without saying that our other business citizens 
also play a major role in our economic growth and stability. I want to 
congratulate Wayne Carter, our County Administrator, for being such a great 
leader in working with Microsoft to accomplish this mission. All our County 
staff plays a vital role in assisting our business community and your Board of 
Supervisors is most appreciative. Thank you, Microsoft, and thank you, business 
community, for creating a bright future for Mecklenburg County and its 
"The Tobacco Commission was established to help those counties that had 
economies dependent on tobacco revitalize themselves for a strong future," said 
Senator Frank Ruff, Vice Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and 
Community Revitalization Commission. "I am glad that Mecklenburg County was 
selected for Microsoft's investment for its expansion. Southern Virginia offers 
many assets to companies wishing to expand or re-locate. Microsoft's decision 
today is proof of that." 
"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 
Office of the Governor
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Contact: Suzanne West
Phone: (804) 545-5806
Contact: Waggener Edstrom
Phone: (503) 443-7000
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