Eagle Mountain, UT.   –   Utah Governor, Gary Herbert, announced that Facebook will construct a 970,000 square foot state-of-the-art data center on nearly 500 acres near Eagle Mountain, 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, during  an event at Eagle Mountain City Hall on Wednesday.

Gov. Herbert predicted the capital expenditure on this project new prohject will exceed $750 million and will entail more than $100 million in pioneering infrastructure development in the region.

Wednesday’s announcement is the culmination of a couple of years of work to coax Facebook to the state. Previous attempts to secure a data center for a Salt Lake City suburb disolved in 2016, leading Facebook to build the data center to New Mexico.

In a post to Facebook, Gov. Herbert said the following of the new project.

“This project is a textbook example of how collaboration between the public and private sectors, and between state and local agencies can strategically grow our economy.

Eagle Mountain is an example of using the full toolkit of economic development given by the state Legislature and local agencies to bring pioneering industries and companies to their area.

And “pioneering” is the right word for what Facebook will be doing, because they will lay down the infrastructure to the south corner of Eagle Mountain, putting in more than $100 million of infrastructure that will serve the many who follow in their footsteps.

Making use of tools created by our legislature to help finance high cost infrastructure, Facebook will bring power, water, data, sewer and roads to an area well-off the I-15 corridor that previously had little or no other opportunities for development.”

Facebook’s vice president of Data Center Strategy, Rachel Peterson, talked about why the compnay chose the Eagle Mountain location in a statement. “After a thorough search, we selected Eagle Mountain for a number of reasons—it provides good access to renewable energy, a strong talent pool, and a great set of partners,” she said.

The Facebook data center is likely only the beginning, according to Gov. Hubert, who believes it will serve as a catalyst for economic expansion in Utah in the coming years, and serve to raise Utah’s profile within the tech industry..

It is expected that the data center will employ a fulltime staff between 30 and 50 people.

Construction on the facility is scheduled to begin in within a month’s time and is expected to be operational by 2020.