Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to spend nearly $12 billion on five new data centers in Morrow County, near Portland, Oregon.
The tech giant’s cloud hosting division said the investment will more than double the size of its operations in the relatively rural region.
Morrow County, with a population of just 12,000, will apparently receive hundreds of new jobs as a result of the deal according to Amazon, as well as increased regional tax revenue.
What does moving mean?
Amazon says the move will mean 600 new tech jobs for the region, which will pay an average of $75,000.
Each new data center is expected to cost about $2.37 billion, of which about $280 million is earmarked for land and buildings.
The single-story data center buildings are expected to be 20,000 m² each.
According to the documents, construction is expected to begin during the third quarter of 2026, with hiring expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2026.
Latest announcement builds on Amazon’s already significant investment in Morrow County; the cloud giant already has four data centers along the Columbia River.
Amazon has already received tax breaks in the region worth around $161 million over the past five years according to the local newspaper. Oregon Live.
The news comes as AWS announced significant investments in the UK.
AWS is poised to pump billions into the UK and said it will spend more than £1.8bn over the next two years on UK-related expansion, more than doubling of its total existing investment.
The investments come as business demand for cloud backup is expected to remain strong.
Analyst house Gartner recently predicted that global public cloud spending would grow 20.4% in 2022 to a total of $494.7 billion, up from $410.9 billion in 2021.
Through the register