The Politics of Data Centers: NY, Texas, Missouri

Bloggers note: Indiana provided an incentive to businesses via Senate Bill 448. The bar, however is high. To quote the bill: The entity [must be] located in a facility or data center in Indiana that contains in the aggregate at least $10,000,000 in personal property or real property investment that is made after June 30, 2009.

In recent years we’ve seen data centers become embroiled in state politics on topics such as whether to build new state data centers to manage citizens’ tax and benefit issues, where to put those data centers, who to hire to operate them, and whether to offer tax incentives to establish a state as a destination for development. This week we’ve data center make headlines in several states.

New York: It’s been more than three years since we first reported on the infighting among New York State legislators about where to build a new state data center. Well, they’re still fighting. The Albany Times-Union reports that officials are still battling over the site location dispute. The NY state Office of General Services is evaluating 18 proposals by developers to build a 72,000 square-foot data center for the state’s Office for Technology. The leading contenders for the $99 million project are sites in Utica and the Mohawk Valley.

more of the Data Center Knowledge article by Rich Miller

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.