A new tax break for data center users may be finally pushing Georgia toward being a global data center hub.
Georgia legislators passed House Bill 696 last year, which now gives data center operators a sales and use tax break on the expensive equipment installed in their facilities. The incentive expires in 2028.
It is a key provision that is propelling data center demand in Georgia this year, and makes Metro Atlanta competitive against the country's largest data center market, Northern Virginia, CBRE Senior Vice President Tim Huffman said.
"We have seen a significant uptick in inbound data center projects since last summer when the governor signed [the bill],” Huffman said.
A focus on the state's data center position against the giants — such as Ashburn, Virginia, San Jose and Dallas — will be a focal point during Bisnow's Data Center Investment Conference & Expo on Feb. 26 in Downtown Atlanta.