Microsoft Azure: Microsoft to develop new facility in Rome, Georgia

Nov 02, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Microsoft has revealed its plans to construct a new data center campus on a 347-acre property on Huffaker Road, east of Fouche Gap Road, outside Rome, Georgia. The Rome Floyd County Development Authority (RFCDA), as well as several local news outlets, announced the $1 billion campus outside the city. 

Microsoft is acquiring the 347 acres for this project for $40,000 per acre, suggesting a purchase price of around $13.9 million. The RFCDA reportedly began working with the property owner, Floyd County 118 LLC, in 2021 to rezone the property as Heavy Industrial. Jimmy Byars, RFCDA chair, said, “This is a tremendous economic opportunity for our community that will have positive impacts for decades to come.” 

Microsoft’s director of community engagement, Paul Englis, added, “Rome and Floyd County’s industrial zoning and strong infrastructure led to our decision to locate our data center campus there. Today’s announcement is just the start of our mutual collaboration and Microsoft’s long-term commitment to the local community.”

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