Facebook Illinois Data Center Among Top Economic Development Projects in Nation

January 11, 2021


Illinois has one of the top corporate investment projects of the year in Trade and Industry Development Magazine’s annual rankings. The publication recognized Facebook’s Dekalb data center, after Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Dekalb Economic Development Council and Intersect Illinois nominated Facebook, Inc. for a Corporate Investment and Community Impact (CiCi) Award.

The project was a result of a coordinated effort to bring Facebook’s newest data center to DeKalb. Following a review of multiple sites in other states, Facebook chose Illinois for its new 900,000-square-foot data center, its 12th in the United States. The $800 million, Facebook DeKalb Data Center will be supported by 100% renewable energy, among the most advanced energy efficient data center facilities in the world with plans to use 80% less water than the average data center, and will pursue LEED Gold certification.

The project will bring at least 100 permanent jobs to DeKalb County, in addition to 1,200 construction jobs dedicated to this project. Over the last year, Illinois has attracted more than $2.2 billion in data center projects, including Facebook, due to the state’s robust fiber optic network, energy reliability and cost, renewable resources, low risk for natural disasters, strong and educated talent pool and supportive government.

To see available data center properties throughout the state, explore Intersect Illinois’ property database.