Georgia’s strong ecosystem of data centers provides unbeatable service to companies with minimal risk of disruption while keeping operating expenses low.
- 1. Robust Telecom Infrastrucure
- Two of the country’s largest fiber trunk line (North/South and East/West) intersect in metro Atlanta, along with major research lines Internet2 and the National LambdaRail (NLR)
- Virtually every major international and North American fiber provider possesses a core interconnection point in Atlanta.
- Metro Atlanta was named an upcoming Google Fiber City in 2015.
- 2. Lower Risk of Business Disruption
Georgia’s geographic location makes it less vulnerable to hurricanes, earthquakes and other national disasters.
- 3. Deep Pool of Qualified Labor
Innovators are making Georgia their home. According to the TechAmerica Foundation (2015), Georgia is:
- one of the top 10 states for high-tech job growth
- one of the top 5 states for software publishing employment
- ranked 11th in the nation for overall high-tech employment
- 4. Lower-Cost, Reliable Electricity
Most new customers with a connected load of 900 kW or greater can choose from three major electric power suppliers (customer choice).
- 5. #1 State for doing business
- Six percent state corporate income tax rate, based on in-state sales only
- Lower than average property taxes
- Special sales and use tax exemption available to data center that spend $15 million or more in a year on eligible hardware and software.
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offers direct flights to 150 domestic and 70 international destination in 50 countries
- 80 percent of the U.S. market in within a 2-hour flight
- 6 Interstate highways (1,200 miles)
Lower Costs of Doing Business
- Lower-than-average construction costs
- 6. Find Sites and Buildings Now
In brief, data centers in Georgia will:
- Mitigate the risk of disruption with a reliable statewide integrated transmission system.
- Increase productivity with a skilled workforce and customized workforce education programs that address the needs of the data center industry.
- Save on operating costs with non-regulated telecommunications services.
- Maintain a competitive edge by developing custom broadband systems, computing and content processing.
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