In the last week, Microsoft announced an expansion of its data center in Mecklenburg County, making it one of the largest data centers in the world.

Additionally, the Amazon east coast center in Northern Virginia will make Virginia a major force in attracting talented people to our state. Amazon has committed to hiring a minimum of 25,000 new employees over the next decade, paying $3.75 billion in payroll every year, and possibly hiring as many as 37,500, totaling mor than $5 billion in payroll. These employees would add $200-250 million in income taxes a year to Virginia to pay for education and other services all over the state.

In the early 1970s, few of us even considered going to college for computer and technology related courses. Today, they’re the skills most sought by the business world.


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