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Report  | May 2017

Data Centers: Jobs and Opportunities in Communities Nationwide

By Nam D. Pham, Ph.D. and Tim Day, C_TEC

Recognizing the short- and long-term benefits of data centers to communities, many state and local governments have devoted resources to attract data centers to their areas. Local policy makers have introduced business-friendly policy measures such as sales tax exemption for computing equipment and software, machinery equipment, and computers, infrastructure grants, and property tax abatements or exemptions. These incentives drive companies to build data centers and invest in the surrounding area, creating significant economic and social benefit to the local community.