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$750 million campus investment will add two buildings and support 100 additional local jobs
Facebook’s presence in Prineville is growing. The Menlo Park, California-based company announced today plans to develop an additional campus next to its existing Prineville Data Center facility.
Construction of two new buildings will bring Facebook’s footprint in Prineville to more than 3.2 million square feet and will represent an additional investment of $750 million in the community.
The new buildings are expected to support 100 new jobs for the region, bringing the total to more than 300. Groundbreaking on the buildings is scheduled to start in the coming weeks, and construction is expected to keep local crews busy until 2021.
“The City’s partnership with Facebook has allowed us to adapt to a changing world, while adding good paying jobs,” said Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe.”
Thanks to Facebook’s added investment in our City, we can supplement investments in public safety, infrastructure, and other community improvements without burdening Prineville taxpayers.”
The City of Prineville collects franchise fees from both Facebook and Apple – which also houses a data center in Prineville – and directs those funds for a host of community improvement efforts, including public safety, streets, Barnes Butte open space and Kiwanis splash park.
“As the location of our first data center, Prineville holds a special place for Facebook,” said KC Timmons, Director of Operations, Facebook. “We are proud to be part of this community and are excited to continue to strengthen our relationship with Prineville, Crook County, and the state of Oregon.”
In 2010, Prineville was selected to house Facebook’s first data center. To date, Facebook has announced a total of five buildings at the Prineville facility.
Since joining the Prineville community, Facebook has also provided nearly $1.5 million in grants to local organizations, including nearly a quarter of that to Crook County schools.
About the City of Prineville
Located east of the Cascade mountains in Oregon’s high desert, the City of Prineville is a resurgent rural community that has preserved its smalltown, ranching roots and Western lifestyle while embracing smart growth in a business-friendly environment. With a population nearing 10,000 residents, the county seat of Crook County attracts a diversity of business and lifestyle interests, including tech giants Facebook and Apple, recreational enthusiasts, and a thriving agricultural industry. Incorporated in 1880, City of Prineville operates the oldest continuously running municipal short line railway in the U.S., as well as a public golf course, and airport. Prineville boasts numerous recreational assets, including the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River, and remains a popular destination for anglers and hunters. For more information on City Services and programs visit cityofprineville.com.