Deloitte Consulting recently named an elite group of locations in the seven-state Tennessee Valley region as TVA pre-qualifiers for a data center site.
“The 12 sites named are considered ready for development and meet necessary criteria to support a major data center project. TVA is partnering with local power distributors like BTES, regional, state and community economic development leaders to begin marketing these sites as part of the region’s data center project recruitment initiative.” (source)
One of the sites that jumped out as us is Guntersville’s Conners Island business park, due to our connection to the area and work with a number of firms in the area.
Budd McLaughlin, The Huntsville Times, writes in his article on the announement:
“The TVA and Chicago-based Deloitte Consulting studied more than 50 sites across the TVA region for their capacity to accommodate data centers – specially designed facilities that house computer systems and components for Internet search engine companies, financial transaction processors, and other high-tech industries.” …
“With its close proximity and easy access to all of the technology activity in Huntsville, Conners Island offers a prime strategic location for data center development,” said Guntersville Mayor Bob Hembree. “To have an international consulting firm of Deloitte’s stature confirm that we meet their demanding criteria adds a significant boost to our marketing efforts.”
Need a new location for a major data center. Conners Island in Guntersville, AL should be on the short list of potential candidate locations.