A view of a current Google Data Center in Iowa. | Photo by Chad Davis
Consider us your IT wizards as we plug you into all the updates on data centers in central Ohio.
Microsoft is on the way. The tech giant purchased 289 acres in Pataskala and 183 acres in New Albany.
Amazon plans to invest $7.8 billion into central Ohio for more data centers. Of this pot of money, $3.5 billion has been invested into five more data centers in New Albany.
Earlier this year, Google announced it will build two new data centers: One in Columbus + one in Lancaster.
Work is already underway on the $1.5+ billion expansion to Meta’s Facebook data centers.
There are 25 total businesses that have data centers in central Ohio. Some of the biggest names include:
Currently, Amazon Web Services leads the region with seven total data centers. They are in the following locations:
Three in Dublin
Three in New Albany
One in Hilliard
Amazon also has the largest facility with its 345-acre business park in New Albany. And, it appears they are just getting started in the Buckeye State.
As of November 2023, there are 40 total data centers in Columbus. With recent announcements, our estimations put that at 49.
According to many releases, data centers require nearly 2,000 construction jobs to build out facilities. Once finished, they only need 100-200 employees.
Fortunately, the buck doesn’t always stop there. Amazon, for example, will create educational programs as a result of its multi-billion dollar investments. Additionally, they closely work with public and private organizations, such as JobsOhio.
Bourbon & Bingo | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Random Precision Brewing Company, 2365 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Linworth | $65 | Sip one ounce pours from five rare bottles of bourbon while playing games of bingo.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Pop Up Shop | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Tiki Botanicals, 650 S. 3rd St., Columbus | Free | Shop local products, sip craft cocktails, and win raffles.
Friday, Nov. 17
Clintonville Arts Guild’s Annual Holiday Show & Sale | Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St., Clintonville | Cost of purchase | Browse and buy handmade art with some proceeds benefiting the local nonprofit.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Holiday Lights Season Opener | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 5-9 p.m. | Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., Downtown | Free | This downtown greenspace will glow with LED lights for the holiday season.
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Matt Rife, a Columbus-based stand-up comic, is now featured on Netflix. His latest special “Natural Selection” officially began streaming on the service today. This is his first-ever appearance on the platform. Congrats, Matt.
Nate Bargatze, a star comedian who was recently on SNL, added a second night in Columbus on Jan. 12, 2024. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. for the new show.
Get into the holiday spirit with (614)'s Santa Crawl on Saturday, Dec. 2. The festive experience takes place at Forbidden Root in Easton from 1 to 4 p.m. with local food, drinks, and DJs. Plus, ugly sweaters and costumes are encouraged.
If Ohioans could only eat one meat for the rest of their life, this list says it would be kielbasa. Slate, an online publication, noted that many Ohioans have a strong Polish heritage, which is why this Polish sausage is so popular.
When it comes to cooking this year’s turkey at Thanksgiving, the Ohio Poultry Association has some tips. Did you know it takes about 30 minutes per pound to thaw a frozen turkey? Now you do.
Welcome (back) to Columbus, Joe Burrow. The star Bengals quarterback + his family are now part of the founding partners of Columbus Fury, the new professional volleyball team. The Burrows were previously just investors in the overall league. (NBC4)
We mixed up our “M” schools in yesterday’s newsletter, but at least we didn’t say Michigan, right? The Buckeyes will kickoff at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 against Minnesota, not Maryland.
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Yeah, we know… kind of a bummer, and maybe not the news you want to start your morning with. So let’s get to the good stuff: The Carbon Reduction Program, an effort to reduce transportation emissions through local and statewide projects that are federally funded.
What is the Carbon Reduction Program?
In an effort to reduce transportation emissions across the US, the Carbon Reduction Program was created in 2021 to distribute $6.4 billion in formula funding over a five-year period.
What’s driving the news?
By Wednesday, Nov. 15, states and designated metropolitan planning organizations are tasked with unveiling their strategies to reduce emissions through the program.
They’ll also need to disclose which projects will be funded by the program — whether that be installing protected bike lanes in one city, creating a new bus rapid transit system in another, or a different project that helps reduce carbon emissions.
Our question for you while we await funding news:How would you like to see this grant used in CBUS? Let us know using this link.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but go get that weird Thanksgiving gadget right now. Two years ago, I searched everywhere to find a potato ricer. Last year, I felt so validated when I found one in early October at Target near Polaris. Guess who is ready for action this year? Me.