Google officially breaks ground in Bridgeport

Matt Brittin head of Google’s European arm said he ‘didn’t have the figure’ when asked how much he earned

Bridgeport mayor David "Bubba" Hughes called Google's development a game-changer for the small city on the north end of Jackson County.

"It's a momentous occasion for my family to be back in Alabama and to be able to talk about how Google can bring that same opportunity that I had for education and knowledge to families here in Jackson County by investing in this center and our children and all that they can become", Boden said.

As part of its commitment to local communities, Google also announced onsite that it would be donating $100,000 to the Jackson County School District for the growth and development of the region's student STEM programs. This arrangement, and others like it throughout the country, help companies and utilities meet their renewable energy goals. At its peak, Widows Creek employed more than 500 employees and provided hundreds of other support jobs in the region.

The report quotes sources claiming that Google filed the appeal with NCLAT on Monday.

Construction is underway for a $600 million internet data center in Jackson County.

The data center will be built on 350 acres of land off County Road 96 in Bridgeport.

The data center will utilize the old Widows Creek power plant to help power the new center. Today, it is purchasing a significant amount of solar power for its Georgia cloud facility, while also breaking ground on a new site in Alabama.

"The milestone we celebrate today is the result of government, business and community leaders working together with TVA to bring good jobs and quality investment to our region", TVA president and CEO Bill Johnson said. "Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology".

The overall environment and philosophy of Silicon Valley notwithstanding, it can be hard to find too many other companies that have employees who are as progressive as those in Google.

The company plans to hire as many as 100 technical people, but construction of the $600 million project will have an immediate impact on the community.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at the groundbreaking.

"As one of the world's most dynamic and innovative technology companies, Google's products touch billions of people across the globe every single day", Gov. Kay Ivey said. "Hopefully, it will help with jobs", said Jackson County Schools Superintendent Kevin Dukes.

"Google could have chosen any place in the world, but they choose Bridgeport in Jackson County in the Tennessee Valley in Alabama", said U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.

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