Meta has announced plans to expand its data center in Huntsville, bringing its total investment in Rocket City to more than $1.5 billion.

The data center will create more than 300 jobs once it is fully operating, according to a statement from the company.

The plans for the data center were revealed in 2018 and Meta has been continuously expanding it since opening.

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The North Huntsville Industrial Park campus will eventually grow to seven buildings with a total area of 3.5 million square feet.

A spokesperson said: “Huntsville has proven to be a great home for our data center and we are excited to be expanding even further.

“Thank you to the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the city of Huntsville municipal government and the Huntsville Urban and Economic Development team and all of our community partners for all their ongoing support. We love Huntsville!”

Meta, which has given to a number of organizations since relocating to Huntsville, has recently announced two additional gifts totaling $300,000 in support of local schools and STEM education.

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Meta is offering $225,000 in support of the Raise Your Hand program with the Schools Foundation – a non-profit education foundation aiding schools in Huntsville, Madison and Madison County.

The program is a new project aimed at adding 500 new National Board-Certified Teachers to Madison County’s three public school systems.

The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering in Huntsville will also receive $75,000 from Meta.

Since 2019, Meta has contributed $1.5 million in grants to local Huntsville schools, according to the company. Meta also boasted that its data facilities are powered entirely by renewable energy.

Source: AL.com

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