Virginia loves data centers and there is more good news on the horizon for the state who is already making its’ mark as a key player in the nation’s data center market. Recent studies have found that the data center hub within Virginia, Loudoun County, has a big chunk of the world’s Internet traffic passing through it at 70 percent. In the works now, is a tweaking of Loudoun County’s zoning rules to allow for more flexibility favoring the build out of metro data centers. If the proposed relaxed regulations are approved by the board of supervisors, it will permit data center companies to build in mixed-used developments upon meeting certain requirements. Some of the conditions that will need to be met have to do with the design of the building and the amount of occupied technical space. If all goes well, there will be new data centers and more tax revenue in town.
Wise County, Virginia also has big plans with its’ “Mineral Gap” data center project getting underway. DP Facilities South is to build a $65 million Mission Critical Tier III Data Center in Wise County and bringing 40 new jobs to the area. This is to be a state-of-the-art facility that will even further the push to build Virginia’s economy in rural parts of the state. With this being a tremendous opportunity for Wise County, hopefully other high-tech companies will join DP Facilities in helping to transform the area into Virginia’s next technology corridor.