Facebook data center proposed in West Jordan now headed to New Mexico

Posted at 11:53 AM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 14:52:39-04

LOS LUNAS, NM – Two U.S. senators from New Mexico say the Facebook data center being considered for West Jordan is now going to Los Lunas, New Mexico.

New Mexico lawmakers released this statement Wednesday:

“We welcome Facebook to New Mexico and are proud to help secure this new investment in our state’s future. Facebook will bring innovative opportunities for our economy and much needed jobs. As a leader in energy development, New Mexico is an ideal fit for the new facility, which is planned to be powered with 100 percent renewable energy.”

West Jordan Mayor Kim Rolfe told Fox 13 the city has not been notified by Facebook about the news at this time.

“Today New Mexico’s congressional delegation released a statement announcing Facebook’s decision to build its new data center in Los Lunas. West Jordan City has not yet received an official statement from the company. While we were hopeful that a revised agreement could be reached; this ends any current discussions for West Jordan to welcome Facebook to the State of Utah.”

Albuquerque Business First is reporting Utah and New Mexico were being considered for this data center.

West Jordan lobbied for it but met opposition from the public and other lawmakers.

The proposed data center met little opposition in New Mexico and offered many financial incentives to the social media giant.

Utah’s proposal would have offered Facebook upwards of $240 million in tax incentives.

It’s not clear the exact amount of incentives New Mexico is offering.

Facebook has not officially confirmed the data center location.

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