Google kicks off construction on $600M Alabama data center

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The letter was circulated after Google confirmed that its open-source machine learning software TensorFlow was being used by the Pentagon for a pilot project, in response to a report by Gizmodo. "This particular project has so much meaning not only for Jackson County but also for the state of Alabama", said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, were among the crowd gathered at Google's future data center site in Bridgeport on Monday, April 9.

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The facility is being built on the old TVA Widow's Creek coal plant site, and company officials say they've got room to grow.

The data center will be built on 350 acres of land off County Road 96 in Bridgeport. The first time that new Assistant users open the app, they will be greeted by a series of animated screens that show what the app can do.

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Bridgeport Mayor David Hughes said Google's decision to locate in Jackson County should transform the Bridgeport area. "Jackson County and Alabama are now going to be home to some of the most advanced technology on the planet". We need to put trailer parks put up for the construction workers like that.

While at the breaking ground ceremony, Google has also announced a set of community grants, including the donation of $100,000 to the Jackson County School District in a bid to boost youth interest in STEM subjects. "Hopefully, Google and those who see what Google has done will bring many more high skilled, high-paying jobs to this region". "Having Google in our community will bring us great jobs and offer real opportunities for our young people". We are trying to work with everybody. The state has approved a new program that allows companies such as Walmart, Target, and Johnson & Johnson, to buy renewable energy directly from Georgia Power.

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"Bridgeport is just the flawless balance of land, power, water and a great community for the workforce", said Brenda Standridge, Google's Alabama project manager. Google is a generous supporter of schools, and the company's presence will help us recruit other high-tech companies.

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