GALLATIN, Tenn. — Facebook plans to build an $800 million data center in Tennessee that is expected to employ about 100 people, state economic development officials announced Wednesday.
The state Department of Economic and Community Development said construction has just begun on Facebook’s 982,000-square-foot facility in Gallatin and it will continue until 2023.
The center, located about 30 miles from Nashville, will house various types of workers, including technical operations, electricians, logistics staff and security.
“We chose Gallatin because of its terrific infrastructure, talented workforce, and the spirit of partnership the community offered," said Facebook VP of Data Center Strategy Rachel Peterson. "This technology is actually what makes Facebook work, allowing people around the world to connect to each other. We are thrilled to be joining the Gallatin community.”
The announcement follows three years of recruitment by state and local economic development officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
“It is a testament to the quality of our business environment and the competitive spirit of our state that in this economy we are able to attract one of the world’s largest companies to our state," said Gov. Bill Lee. "We welcome Facebook to Tennessee, and we are excited about the investment, quality jobs and economic opportunity they will bring to Gallatin.”