Prince William County Now Home to More Than 2 MSF of Data Center Space
- Oct 11, 2014
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Prince William County announced at the end of September it has more than 2 million square feet of data center space. This important achievement is a result of the successful completion of 20 economic development projects with a total investment of $3.6 billion. Together, these projects have created 653 new highly paid and highly skilled jobs.
Prince William County has emerged as an important data center market, thanks to its prominent East Coast location, strong fiber-optic network, reliable power and attractive tax incentive programs, which are among the lowest in the Mid-Atlantic region. The county’s large land parcels and multi-use zoned sites also allow for the creation of security buffers, and have played an important role in attracting data centers, cyber security and information technology businesses seeking to establish a presence on the East Coast.
“We’re delighted to have surpassed the 2 million-square-foot data center capacity threshold,” Jeffrey Kaczmarek, executive director of the Prince William County Department of Economic Development, said in a statement for the press. “Data center projects yield significant capital investment and highly skilled, high-paying jobs to Prince William County.”
Last year, the Progressive Policy Institute recognized Prince William County as one of America’s Top 25 High-Tech Hotspots. It ranked the county as the 19th best in the United States. Another Northern Virginia location, Loudoun County, was also present on the list. It was ranked as the 11th best high-tech hotspot in the country. Loudoun County has the largest concentration of data centers in Northern Virginia. It is home to Ashburn and its “Data Center Alley.” At the end of September, DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. opened a 446,000-square-foot data center in the area, one of the largest multi-tenant data centers in North America and the largest in the company’s portfolio.
According to reports from New York-based 451 Research, an information technology research and advisory company, Northern Virginia will overtake the New York metropolitan area as the country’s largest multi-tenant data center market by the beginning of 2015. The area is currently home to 3.2 million square feet of data center space.
Photo credit: DuPont Fabros Technology Inc.