Northern Virginia Technology Council Announces Winners of the Second Annual Virginia Data Center Awards

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Event Highlights Virginia’s Continued Dominance in the Data Center and Cloud Industry

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NVTC is proud to be part of an industry that continues to generate high paying jobs, drive impressive tax revenue and serve as strong community stewards for the Commonwealth,” said Brad Schwartz, Acting President and CEO of NVTC.

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) celebrated the enormous growth and contributions of Virginia's data center industry at the second annual Virginia Data Center Awards virtual event. More than 150 industry executives, economic development professionals and state elected officials attended the virtual event to recognize individuals and projects that represent excellence in areas of sustainability, construction, advocacy and community engagement and support.

According to NVTC’s 2020 Impact of Data Centers on the State and Local Economies of Virginia prepared by Mangum Economics, Northern Virginia is the largest data center market in the world, but the data center industry has an important footprint in every part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Central Virginia and Hampton Roads each account for almost 10 percent of overall industry employment in the state. Data center industry pay has increased twice as fast as the statewide average since 2001.

NVTC’s report estimated in 2018 that data centers were, directly and indirectly, responsible for generating:

  • $600.1 million in state and local tax revenue in Virginia;
  • 14,644 full-time-equivalent jobs with an average annual pay of $126,000;
  • $1.9 billion in associated pay and benefits; and
  • $4.5 billion in economic output.

An independent panel of business leaders selected winners in six award categories.

NVTC 2020 Virginia Data Center Award winners

Data Center Community Champion

  • Amazon Web Services Girls’ Tech Day
  • TJ Ciccone, Stack Infrastructure

Data Center Construction Project

  • Aligned

Data Center Industry Icon

  • Lee Kestler, Vantage Data Centers

Data Center Supplier Champion

  • Verity Commercial

Data Center Sustainable Champion

  • Erick Sanchack, Digital Realty

Data Center Veterans Champion

  • Dan Fulcoly, QTS Data Centers

“NVTC is proud to recognize these winners for their remarkable achievement as well as their contributions to the overall success of the region,” said Brad Schwartz, Acting President and CEO of NVTC. “When NVTC first launched our Data Center and Cloud Committee in 2011, our intention was to help support, grow and advocate on behalf of our data center sector. We are proud to be part of an industry that continues to generate high paying jobs, drive impressive tax revenue and serve as strong community stewards for the Commonwealth.”

This year’s NVTC Data Center Awards were sponsored by CoreSite, Loudoun County Economic Development, NOVA Workforce, Google, Equinix, Amazon Web Services, Prince William County Economic Development, QTS Data Centers, Henrico County Economic Development Authority, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Facebook, Iron Mountain, Vantage Data Centers and InterGlobix Magazine.

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