TVA Study Shows Adairville Site is Ready for Data Center
Thomas (Tom) Harned, CEcD
Logan Economic Alliance for Development
ADAIRVILLE, KY (July 12, 2011) - A site located in Adairville, Ky., has favorable attributes to attract a data center project according to a recent economic development study sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
Designation of the Adairville Site, which is located on North Nashville Road in Adairville, Logan County, Ky., is a result of a project conducted by TVA and Chicago-based Deloitte Consulting. Criteria for selecting the sites include accessibility, strong telecommunications infrastructure, and the availability of reliable electric power.
"This ready-for-development primary designation gives our community a competitive edge when the next data center project is looking for an optimal site," said Tom Harned, Logan Economic Alliance for Development's Executive Director. "We thank TVA for providing this opportunity to participate in this valuable data center site identification program and are also very proud of our community team's diligent efforts to demonstrate this site is prepared for a potential future company."
More than 50 sites across the TVA service area were recently assessed 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. This is the first location that meets the primary criteria in Kentucky. To date, 18 sites have been named as ready for development in the TVA region, and TVA anticipates others will be evaluated as development-ready in the future.
"TVA's economic development role is to help communities be prepared and promote their strengths to recruit data centers and other companies to our region," said John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development. "The data center industry is rapidly growing and represents large investments with quality jobs."
"Reliable power is one of the key drivers to recruit the data center industry," said Eston Glover, President and CEO of Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation. "We are pleased to provide reliable power and be a partner who works to attract and grow companies in our community."
"With the help of strong Universal Service policies and visionary leaders, we have been able to build a fiber-rich network that allows us to provide the reliable, high-capacity services that data centers require," said Greg Hale, General Manager of Logan Telephone Cooperative. "We look forward to working closely with TVA and LEAD to promote this site to potential investors and show why Logan County and our Cooperative service area are great places to grow a business."
TVA is working with the above-mentioned leaders and regional, state and local economic development partners to proactively market these sites as part of its regional economic development target industry recruitment.
The Logan Economic Alliance for Development (LEAD) supplied the information needed to bring the site to this level of preparation to become an optimal site for data centers or other companies. LEAD works with communities on economic development initiatives to prosper a population of over 27,000 citizens in Logan County, Ky. www.LoganLEADS.com
For a map of sites and additional information about TVA's "Data Center-Wired for Success" program, visit TVAed.com/datacenters. See details about the Adairville site at TVAsites.com.