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RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Microsoft Corporation will be investing a significant amount to expand its enterprise data center in Mecklenburg County.

The project is Microsoft’s sixth expansion at the facility since 2010 and the new expansion further allows the company to serve customers in the U.S. and cross the globe.

Virginia successfully competed against multiple states for this new investment, which will create over 100 new jobs!

“When Microsoft established its new enterprise data center in 2010, it represented the largest economic investment in southern Virginia history, and we have been thrilled to see the company continue expanding in the Commonwealth ever since,” said Governor Northam. “Microsoft’s sustained investment in Virginia has created hundreds of new jobs for our citizens and advanced our position as a leader in information technology. We thank Microsoft for its tremendous contribution to the economies of Mecklenburg County and to the Commonwealth as a whole.”

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and is a publicly held corporation.

It has created nearly 1,800 jobs in Virginia with approximately 300 jobs at Microsoft locations in Mecklenburg County.

“Microsoft and the Commonwealth boast a rich history of successful corporate partnership, and we are thrilled that the company’s sixth expansion in Mecklenburg County will bring more than 100 new jobs to Virginia,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Brian Ball

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Mecklenburg County and the General Assembly’s Major Employment and Investment Project Approval Commission to secure the project for Virginia.

Governor Northam approved a $1.5 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Mecklenburg County with this project.

“The announcement of Microsoft once again expanding in Mecklenburg County is welcome news not only to me but to the people I serve in the 61st district,” said Delegate Thomas Wright. “Microsoft clearly appreciates that Mecklenburg offers a thriving workforce, a business-friendly environment, and the infrastructure to support a growing operation.”

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