Microsoft to invest $1B to build data centers in Catawba County

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Microsoft officials said Wednesday it is investing at least $1 billion for the phased development -

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- of four data centers in Catawba County over the next 10 years.

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The data centers will be in Conover, Hickory and Maiden, county officials said.

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hose include tracks of land along Tate Boulevard in Hickory, behind the Walmart in Conover,

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along Stover Court in Newton and 300 acres along Zeb Haynes Road west of Maiden.

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Microsoft will be getting tax breaks from both the county and the three cities in the form of 10 years of economic development grants.

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Those grants will be associated with the company spending $1 billion in Catawba County over 10 years.

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Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, people who live in the area have speculated it could be a company like Microsoft or Google.

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