After two years of waiting, progress is now being made on building a new Google Data Center in Jackson County.
Representatives from Google stopped by Hollywood Elementary school to teach local students about computer coding and programming Monday. During the visit fourth, fifth and sixth graders received some first-hand experience on what it could be like working in the computer science field or even at Google.
“Kids today are using technology every day and it’s constantly changing. And we think it’s really important to teach them computer science skills so that they can be creators of technology and not just consume it,” Google Spokesperson Laura Peterson said.
The new $600 million Google Data Center being built off of County Road 96 in Bridgeport will add upwards of 100 jobs in Jackson County.
“We want every job Google filled by a Jackson County person if possible. We want our people qualified and ready to work for them,” Jackson County Schools Leader of Teaching & Instruction Anthony Buckner said.
State Senator Steve Livingston told WAAY 31 they’ve been doing some last minute detail work and laying down the building pad for the facility. According to Livingston, construction could start at any time.
“Google is going to be a game changer. You can see what they did in this classroom today and if they do that across Alabama and across Jackson County it will be a game changer for our education system in the future,” Livingston said.