Map of data centers in Georgia Highland 75 Industrial Park Cherry Hill Industrial Park 1888 Mill Site Davis Site Callaway Site West Point Technology Park Pecan Grove Industrial Park

Site Selection Process

ECG met with each community participating in the program to identify potential sites that could effectively serve data center operations with:

  • Reliable, redundant electric power
  • Connectivity to state fiber infrastructure serviced by public or private options
  • Safe, secure location within community protected from natural and/or man-made disasters
  • Versatile sites that offer several customized build-to suit configurations for co-location and/or enterprise data center operation
  • Availability for incentive opportunities from local development authority and utility provider

After the initial site selection, ECG worked internally to verify each site’s potential as a viable, data-ready site with:

  • Extensive research and analysis covering labor and workforce statistics, educational institutions, quality-of-life attributes, natural disaster risk, weather and temperature history, crime rates, accessibility to fire and rescue as well as other support services in proximity
  • Feasibility study by MEAG Power confirming existing on-site capacity, available expansion possibilities, dual-feed service, outage history, estimated timeline for system enhancements, locations of transmission and distribution infrastructure
  • Fiber connectivity from site to major IT arteries and corridors within Georgia
  • Access to qualified and skilled workforce
  • Commitment from local community to provide competitive incentive opportunities, expedited permitting and on-the-ground support for entire process

Customer Choice

  • As one of Georgia’s top business incentives, the state – through the 1973 Georgia Territorial Act – allows industrial customers that are building or purchasing a new facility a one-time option of choosing their electric provider if their connected electric load is over 900 kW. This competitive bid process allows companies locating in Georgia a tremendous cost savings on electricity.
  • ECG Data Center Ready sites would be eligible for customer choice should a project meet the 900 kW connected load threshold and could solicit bids to local electric providers for their competitive rates.

Workforce Availability

  • Georgia is committed to providing businesses with a steady stream of talent. The state’s college and technical school system graduates over 60,000 students annually and many of these schools offer degrees in computer science.
  • The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has been ranked as the seventh best public university in the nation.
  • The state also has 33 college and career academies. These academies are partnerships between businesses, local high schools and technical colleges; they allow students to obtain a technical certificate and the opportunity to begin employment with a local company.