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Advisory: Delegate Comstock's House Bill 1699 Promoting The Data Center Industry Passes Both Houses of General Assembly
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Delegate Comstock's House Bill 1699, Promoting The Data Center Industry Passes Both Houses of General Assembly

Richmond, VA - Yesterday, House Bill 1699, which aims to promote and expand our data center industry in the Commonwealth by providing tax incentives to data centers, passed unanimously in the Senate.

On Febuary 5, the House of Delegates passed House Bill 1699 by a vote of 95-5. Senate Bill 1133, an identical bill introduced by Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4), was also passed in the House earlier this week with a strong bipartisan vote of 94-4. Delegate Comstock (R-34) introduced this legislation and has continued to work with the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the tech community to build upon her data center bill that passed last year.

Delegate Comstock released the following statement:

"This legislation will build on my successful legislation last year that provided state tax incentives to keep this important industry here in the Commonwealth. We have already had companies relocate or expand here in Virginia as a result of our legislation last year."

"The data center industry is projected to grow by hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years. This bill will help Virginia continue to be a leader in this 21st century marketplace. I am thankful for the wide bipartisan support this bill has received from my colleagues in the House and Senate. Data center jobs and investment are a critical element in diversifying Virginia's technology economy and attracting private sector jobs as federal spending and procurement decreases."

Each day, 70 percent of the world's Internet traffic passes through Loudoun County. In 2012, data center companies such as Equinix, Latisys and DuPont Fabros have expanded in Virginia along with industry leaders: Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon. Loudoun County recently announced 3 million square feet of new data centers under contract or construction in addition to Loudoun County's existing 5 million square feet of facilities.

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