Google data center coming to Tennessee, Haslam says

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced last week that Google will work to transform the recently acquired Hemlock Semiconductor site in Clarksville into a data center.

Approximately $600 million will be invested by Google into the project, which will mark the company’s eighth U.S. data center and 15th globally. The center is expected to create 70 new jobs.

“We are grateful for Google’s significant investment in Tennessee and the new jobs that will be created in Montgomery County,” Haslam said. “This is one of the world’s most well-known brands, so it says a lot for our state that it will soon be home to Google’s eighth U.S. data center. We welcome Google to Tennessee and look forward to building a strong partnership with the company in the years to come.”

The approximately 1,300 acre Clarksville site will be 100 powered by renewable energy as a result of an arrangement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Under the agreement, Google will be allowed to scout new renewable energy projects and work with the TVA in bringing power onto the electrical grid.

“Collaboration is vital to economic development,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said. “Today we recognize a notable result of the ongoing collaboration among state and local government, the business community and TVA to attract good jobs and sustainable investments to our region.”