Google officially breaks ground in Bridgeport

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Today was the groundbreaking for the $600 million Google Data Center that's being built in Jackson county. The project will create as many as 100 full-time jobs and create massive economic ripples.

When you "Google" Bridgeport, Alabama, not much comes up.

After the company recently diagnosed that the problem had something to do with the chipset firmware, they have now confirmed that the fix for the same will be rolling out by the closure of June, this year.

"The construction jobs will be several hundred construction jobs, and it's a great company".

"As one of the world's most dynamic and innovative technology companies, Google's products touch billions of people across the globe every single day", Gov. Kay Ivey said.

"We believe that Google should not be in the business of war", the letter reads.

"Everything. I like Google".

It's the 8th data center built in the United States.

Construction work has begun on the site of Google's $600 million Alabama data center.

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Among those who once worked for TVA at Widows Creek was the father of the head of Google's head of global alliances, Nan Boden, who returned to Alabama Monday for the groundbreaking of the new data center. Dr. TVA is working with Google to provide renewable energy to fully match the facility's power usage. Google's data centers are 50 percent more energy efficient than the industry standard. The Alabama facility will become its 14th data center globally and the eighth in the U.S. "Having Google in our community will bring us great jobs and offer real opportunities for our young people". "Ultimately, Google will help us recruit other high-tech companies to our area". "No doubt about it - this is a game-changer for us".

"Google is a company that has an worldwide reputation for excellence".

Although Google won't initially be a major employer in Jackson County, state and local officials said they hope to decision by Google to locate in Northeast Alabama will spur other technology companies to consider the area.

"Just glad Google's here and we're going to love 'em to death!" said Mayor Hughes. Google has not directly offered a comment on its appeal.

Google's newest data center is being constructed on a property of over 500 acres adjacent to the site of the decommissioned Widows Creek coal-fired power plant once operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

As part of this commitment, Standridge announced that Google would be donating $100,000 to the Jackson County School District for the growth and development of the region's student STEM programs.

About 100 highly skilled technical workers will be hired to work at the site.

"Bridgeport is just the ideal balance of land, power, water and a great community for the workforce", said Brenda Standridge, Google's Alabama project manager. Using its own benchmark project, Google has measured both faster compilation times, by a 20% factor, and smaller.dex file sizes, by just a few percents though.

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