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Crews have already begun construction, and Bridgeport Mayor David Hughes says the town is already seeing an economic boom.

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. At its peak, Widows Creek employed more than 500 employees and provided hundreds of other support jobs in the region. When these new projects become operational in 2019 and 2020, participating customers like us will be able to substitute a portion of our electricity bill with a fixed price matched to the production of renewable energy generated.

"Data centers like this are the engines of the Internet and deliver key tools and resources to our users, including search results, YouTube videos, Gmail and other apps and data links all around the world", Standridge said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at the groundbreaking for Google's $600 million data center in Jackson County.

The data center will utilize the old Widows Creek power plant to help power the new center.

Google announced in February that it was opening or expanding offices and data centers in 14 US states.

The data center will be built on 350 acres of land off County Road 96 in Bridgeport. "Hopefully, it will help with jobs", said Jackson County Schools Superintendent Kevin Dukes.

This morning, Google employee Lawrence (from Android Auto team) broke the good news to those complaining for about past eight months, saying the fix will be incorporated in the next Google Play Services release scheduled in June, 2018.

"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.

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

"No doubt about it - this a game-changer for us".

"What is really going to be more important is the future of Google in Alabama, because we hope this is just the beginning".

Google's data centers are industry leaders in energy efficiency, thanks to innovations that allow the company's facilities to derive 3.5 times more computing power from the same amount of energy needed a few years ago.

"This is a big day for Bridgeport because it helps our city in many different ways", said Hughes.

On Monday, you could find a lot of people celebrating the groundbreaking to construct a new data center for the company in Jackson County.

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce's Made in Alabama website.


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