IT’S FACEBOOK OFFICIAL: Social media company coming to Stanton Springs

Pictured from left are Reggie McKnight, Rep. Jody Hice, Rachel Peterson, Gov. Nathan Deal, Pat Wilson and Alan Burke during the announcement that Facebook will construct a data center at Stanton Springs.

Excitement filled the Capitol as Gov. Nathan Deal officially unveiled the parent company of the Morning Hornet LLC Joint Development Authority purchase deal at Stanton Springs during a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday. 

“Today I am happy today to announce that Facebook is constructing its ninth U.S. data center in Stanton Springs, bringing at least 100 full-time positions, investing $750 million over the next five years,” Deal said.

Facebook representatives Rachel Peterson and Reggie McKnight, U.S. Representative Jody Hice, JDA chairman Allen Burke and Georgia Department of Economic Development representative Pat Wilson stood next to Deal during the announcement. 

Peterson said Stanton Springs was selected in part due to access to renewable energy. She pointed out that all of the company's data centers run on 100 percent clean renewable energy and promised to bring hundreds of megawatts of  renewable energy to Walton County’s electric grid, resulting in millions of dollars invested in solar resources across the state.

Hice gave the social media company a southern hello.

“We are thrilled to have y'all here”, Hice said. “Welcome home and welcome to Georgia.

– Shellie Smitley |



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