The deindustrialization of Boydton, Virginia

Microsoft did not dispute reports that it would spend $1.1 billion on the Boydton data center, and said that “on average, data centers employ tens to several dozen people,” in a mixture of corporate and contracted positions. It declined to let a reporter tour the site.

“They talked about 100 jobs, but it’s a slow process,” said Thomas C. Coleman III, the mayor of Boydton. So far, he says, the biggest impact “has been a couple of lunch tables at the Triangle gas station.”

That is from Quentin Hardy at the NYT.


The local government will get a large amount of property taxes that can fund job-creating infrastructure projects.

Like an opiate rehab clinic?

Testing the next version, though the connection here has been flaky today.

This is strange - nothing seems filter relevant, so let's try without link, while quoting from it about VA's tax concessions - 'Virginia has extended its data center economic incentives through 2035, ensuring that one of the industry’s major markets will remain competitive amid rising demand for large data center campuses. Virginia’s existing incentives were scheduled to expire in June 2020.

Extending the incentives, which offer exemptions for sales and use taxes for data center companies that invest more than $150 million in computer equipment and software, will help Virginia keep pace in an increasingly competitive environment for large data center projects.

Although Virginia’s incentives were more than four years from expiration, data center providers and economic development officials can now provide long-term visibility into operating costs in the state.

Data center companies evaluate operating costs over the life of a project, which could be 10 to 20 years or longer. Without an extension, Virginia might find itself at a disadvantage to rival states offering incentives with a longer time horizon.'

That was strange - I wonder what makes a link to here worth screening - 'Data Center Frontier is edited by Rich Miller, the data center industry’s most experienced journalist. For more than 15 years, Rich has profiled the key role played by data centers in the Internet revolution.'

State government spent money on optic fiber, MSFT and HP moved there.....only problem is that locals never went after computer science. It's deindustrialization's fault.

The cloud is so workers can be wherever. In practice that means computer scientists in the bay area, electrical maintenance contractors at the data (computing) centers.

Repeat in 20+ years with those self-driving fleets.

We should retrain the unemployed to work as servers, or CAT cables.

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