Grenada Mississippi Identified for Data Center Potential

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A site in Grenada, Miss. has favorable attributes to attract a data center project according to a recent Deloitte Consulting study sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

Primary Data Center Site site in Grenada, Miss.

"The Grenada Data Center site offers long-haul fiber optic from multiple carriers, 99.999 percent power reliability from the TVA system, and access to a qualified workforce. All of these in a location with low risk of natural disasters."

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A site in Grenada, Miss. has favorable attributes to attract a data center project according to a recent Deloitte Consulting study, an economic development study sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TVA and Chicago-based Deloitte Consulting assessed more than 50 sites across the TVA service area for their capacity to accommodate data centers -- specially designed facilities that house computer systems and components for Internet search engine companies, financial transaction processors, and other high-tech industries.

Grenada is one of 13 sites named as a primary ready-for-development site in the search. The locations were evaluated for accessibility, strong telecommunications infrastructure, electric power availability and reliability, and other characteristics beneficial to data center development.

“Demand for data centers is growing as increased use of electronic commerce and information technologies requires more data storage space,” said John Bradley, senior vice president for TVA Economic Development. “There are exceptional opportunities for regional growth potential in this industry. This site has the resources, infrastructure, and other qualities needed to support strong data center development.”

The Grenada Mississippi site joins another 12 sites considered ready for development and meeting the necessary requirements and criteria to support a major data center project. TVA is partnering with local power distributors like Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association, regional, state and community economic development leaders to begin marketing these sites as part of its economic development region’s data center project recruitment initiative.

“In addition to offering a primary ready-for-development site, Grenada offers a highly qualified workforce and excellent training programs at the local Holmes Community College,” added Pablo Diaz, Executive Director of the Grenada County Economic Development District. “Grenada is also home to a booming HVAC manufacturing cluster that has over time developed valuable technical cooling expertise which can be very useful for potential data centers.”    

“Data centers provide highly-skilled, good-paying job opportunities,” Bradley said. “TVA’s goal is to help make the region more competitive in attracting and retaining these types of industries and the economic benefits associated with them.”

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity to large industries and 155 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. Economic development is a major part of TVA’s core mission. TVA’s Economic Development services are focused on attracting targeted new industries, retaining and growing existing businesses and helping communities be better prepared for economic growth. More information is available at TVAed.com.

The Grenada County Economic Development District (GCEDD) is the lead economic development organization for Grenada, Mississippi. GCEDD focuses on attracting new industrial employers and jobs, implementing plans for broad economic growth, and collaborating with regional, state, county, city and private organizations to foster economic development. GCEDD activities are guided by Executive Director, Pablo Diaz, and an appointed board of local business leaders. For more information, call 662-229-9502 or visit http://www.grenadameansbusiness.com.

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