Ohio governor says Amazon will spend $1.1 billion on a new Ohio data center

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Amazon is supposedly plunking down $1.1 billion on a new data center to be built in central Ohio, according to Ohio Governor John Kasich, as reported in The Columbus Dispatch. Kasich reportedly detailed Amazon’s plans during a campaign speech last weekend and confirmed to the audience that the Seattle giant is committed to the deal.

“I just met with one of the top officials at Amazon…They’re making a billion-dollar investment in cloud computing,” Kasich said during his campaign stop. “So, what is coming is very exciting jobs to Ohio.”

In August, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority handed out tax credits valued over $81 million to an Amazon Web Services’ subsidiary named Vadata Inc. to help out with a project that’s “a significant data center investment” in Central Ohio, according to a project report by the Ohio Development Services Agency. The news on Wednesday seems to confirm those plans.

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