IT Cluster Key Part of ‘21st Century Knowledge Belt’

Mission critical data operations require high bandwidth capacity and energy coupled with reliable, redundant power so they can operate without interruption. Those capabilities, as well as the city’s commitment to public-private partnerships with businesses, led to significant growth in New Albany International Business Park’s Information and Technology Cluster. Ohio Governor John R. Kasich recognized the New Albany IT Cluster as part of “the Knowledge Belt of the 21st Century.”

Facebook joins an impressive roster of companies in the cluster that includes Aetna, Nationwide Insurance, Discovery Financial Services and TJX Technologies. Landing a world-renowned technology leader like Facebook and what will be the most advanced data center in the world further enhances the business park’s reputation in attracting leading information and technology firms.

“We’re excited to call New Albany home and help support thousands of jobs in the local community over the next few years,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Cofounder and CEO. “Thanks to our partners and local officials on the ground who are helping to bring the world a little closer together.”

With the addition of Facebook, that cluster alone accounts for $2 billion in private investment, two-thirds of the $3 billion in investment throughout the business park’s campuses and clusters.

“This is a $750 million investment in technologies and jobs of the future that will further diversify our state’s economy, and, with other leading-edge innovators locating here, help put Ohio front and center in the Knowledge Belt of the 21st century,” said Governor John R. Kasich, adding, “New Albany is always open for business.”

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