Google breaks ground on Alabama data center

Google broke ground on the 500 acre site on Monday.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 6:48 PM

Today was the groundbreaking for the $600 million Google Data Center that's being built in Jackson county.

The center will bring about 100 jobs to the area in the next year.

Google broke ground on the 500 acre site.

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

The Alabama data center will act as a hub for internet traffic and help keep the search engine along with YouTube and Gmail up and running, according to Google officials.

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

Hundreds of construction workers will also come to the area to help build the center.

David Hughes, the Mayor of Bridgeport, told us it will help grow the city that has about $2,300 people.

"We're trying to get people. We need to put trailer parks put up for the construction workers like that. We are trying to work with everybody. It's just hard to do with something this big," he said.

Google officials told us most the work done at the data center here will serve the southeast region of the united states.

The first buildings are expected to be done in early 2019.

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