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- Business · Tech · Social Media · Facebook · Center · United States of America · Illinois · United States Department of Commerce · DeKalb, IL · Peterson, Indiana

Face­book an­nounced it will build an $800 mil­lion data cen­ter in DeKalb that will cre­ate about 100 permanent jobs and de­pend on 100% re­new­able en­ergy.

The 907,000-square-foot data cen­ter, Face­book’s 12th in the U.S. and first in Illi­nois, will use 80% less water than an av­er­age data cen­ter, the so­cial me­dia gi­ant said Tues­day.

The 100 em­ploy­ees will in­clude tech­ni­cians, en­gi­neers, con­struc­tion man­age­ment, fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment, lo­gis­tic pro­fes­sion­als and se­cu­rity per­son­nel, Face­book said.

The Face­book site can hold five build­ings, and two will be com­pleted by 2022, the com­pany said.

“As time pro­gresses, we will de­cide if it makes sense for us to con­tinue to ex­pand,” said Rachel Peter­son, vice pres­i­dent of data cen­ter strat­egy for Face­book.

Face­book chose DeKalb be­cause of its ac­cess to re­new­able en­ergy, tal­ent pool and strong com­mu­nity part­ners, Peter­son said.

“The State of Illi­nois is thrilled that Face­book has cho­sen to build a state-of-the-art data cen­ter that will ad­vance our com­mit­ment to grow­ing tech­nol­ogy and re­new­able en­ergy through­out Illi­nois,” said Michael Ne­gron, act­ing di­rec­tor of the Illi­nois De­part­ment of Com­merce and Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­nity.

“It’s a boon to our com­mu­nity, and once on­line, this data cen­ter will be part of a net­work that con­nects peo­ple all over the world,” DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith said in a news re­lease.

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