HB 696 Paves Way for Construction of New Technology Projects in Georgia

 HB 696 modernizes Georgia’s data center tax policy to allow the current tax exemption to apply to hyperscale colocation facilities and also encourages data center development in rural areas based on population to expand technology infrastructure across all of Georgia

 

The project is made possible by the Georgia General Assembly’s passage of HB 696, referred to as the “Switch Bill,” which was signed into law today by Governor Nathan Deal.

HB 696 modernizes Georgia’s data center tax policy to allow the current tax exemption to apply to hyperscale colocation facilities with a minimum investment of $250 million. The legislation also encourages data center development in rural areas based on population to expand technology infrastructure across all of Georgia.

“We are thrilled to have Switch here in Georgia and to celebrate the passage of this important legislation,” said state Rep. Trey Kelley, R-Cedartown, lead sponsor of HB 696. “This legislation will help ensure the expansion of much needed internet infrastructure throughout the state, delivering world-class connectivity to all Georgians.”

Once constructed and operational, The Keep Campus in Atlanta is expected to be the highest-rated data center ecosystem in the Southeast region. Atlanta will serve as a Switch PRIME hub for the Southeastern United States.

“We believe that the ‘Switch Bill’ will propel Georgia into the number one state in the Southeast for technology infrastructure and data center development,” said Switch executive vice president of strategy Adam Kramer. “Switch was pleased to lead this effort as part of our commitment to advocating for policy that drives economic development in the states where we call home. We applaud the Georgia General Assembly, the bill sponsors Rep. Trey Kelley and Sen. Steve Gooch, and Gov. Deal for enacting this forward-looking policy.”

Switch’s clients include Amazon, eBay, Shutterfly, FOX, News Corporation, Amgen, Lionsgate, Zappos, Intuit, DreamWorks, Intel, MGM, HP, PayPal, Hulu, Boeing, Time Warner Cable, Warner Brothers, Verizon and hundreds more.

Switch is employing its long-held practice of hiring local workers to build The Keep Campus, from site preparation throughout the development of the massive project. Hundreds of additional local workers are expected to be employed at the site for Switch and their clients during the project’s build-out.

As part of its long-standing commitment to being a leader in sustainability, Switch is also working with Georgia Power to ensure its campus uses 100 -percent green energy from new, local and renewable energy resources.

 

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