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Google Alabama data center will provide boost to state’s tech sector

Top Alabama economic development officials believe Google’s plans to build a $600 million data center in Jackson County will optimize efforts to expand the state’s high-tech industry sector.

Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said Google is a tech giant whose name conveys instant validity within the industry. Another plus: Google is working with the Tennessee Valley Authority to power the data hub with 100 percent renewable energy.

“There are few brands more powerful than Google’s, and the company’s investment in Jackson County sends the message that Alabama is primed for high-tech projects,” Secretary Canfield said. “Alabama has assembled a formidable auto industry with four top global brands, and we’re positioned to become a hub of aircraft production with Airbus. We want to raise Alabama’s profile in the tech sector, and we think Google’s stamp of approval will help us accomplish that.”

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