Meta Invests $800 Million in New Central Texas Data Center





Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, is to invest $800 million in a new data center in fast-growing Temple in Central Texas.

The 900,000-square-foot project will create 100 jobs, the company said Thursday. Construction is expected to begin this spring on a 393-acre site at NW HK Dodgen Loop and Industrial Boulevard. At the height of construction, the project will employ 1,250 workers.

Meta expects the data center to be operational in 2024.

The data center is intended to support all of Meta’s apps and services, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Meta Quest. The company will also use the center to accommodate the growing number of photos and videos being shared.

Katie Comer, regional community development manager at Meta, said Temple offers well-established infrastructure, a strong talent pool and supportive community partners.

“Community partners have been vital to this project and we look forward to calling Temple home for many years to come,” said Comer.

Meta is building a new data center in Temple, TX.  The center will bring 100 jobs to the area.
Meta is building a new data center in Temple, TX. The center will bring 100 jobs to the area.

Meta also operates a data center in north Fort Worth that opened in 2017 and has grown to a $1.5 billion investment. The massive facility spans over 2.6 million square feet across 150 acres in total.

The social media giant operates data centers powered by 100% renewable energy. In Texas, Meta has invested in more than 700 megawatts of wind and solar energy.

Data center construction has been one of the state’s strengths, with Dallas-Fort Worth the third largest market in the US, according to real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield. Its year-end report says it expects rents to rise in early 2022 due to global supply chain restrictions.

Meta will receive a partial property tax reduction from the city and Temple Economic Development Corp. for 10 years.

Mayor Tim Davis said the city of 82,000 is known for its business environment. And the area serves as an employment hub for a region of 450,000 inhabitants.

“Meta’s decision to settle here in Temple is a major victory for our community and proof that our process is working,” Davis said. “We are excited about the opportunities this project will create for our residents and look forward to being part of Meta’s continued growth.”

Meta’s investment comes even though Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the tech giant in February, alleging it illegally used facial recognition technology to collect biometric data about Texans without their informed consent.




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