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NC: DC BLOX Chooses High Point for $305 Million Data Center

7 May, 2021


DC BLOX, a provider of interconnected multi-tenant data centers that deliver the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business, announces that the company has acquired land in High Point, North Carolina with plans to construct the first highly secure, Tier III data center in the Carolina Core / Piedmont Triad region which includes High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
 
Company officials and the High Point Economic Development Corporation announced the project at the May 5, 2021 virtual meeting of the High Point EDC Board of Directors.
 
According to High Point Economic Development Interim Director Sandy Dunbeck, “DC BLOX has chosen High Point to build a multi-tenant data center that could add more than $305 million to our tax base, which is the largest capital investment project for High Point in the 15 years since I have been with the High Point EDC. We are grateful for the company’s confidence in our city and our community.”
 
High Point Mayor Jay Wagner said, “Throughout these last several months and over our many discussions, it has become clear to me that DC BLOX is a first-rate company. A company tagline is that DC BLOX is ‘serving locally, connecting globally’ – and we know the company will find High Point to be the perfect location to handle that mission.”
 
The company’s data centers have all the infrastructure needed by their clients – such as wiring, uninterruptible power supply systems, climate control systems, staffing, security measures, and network connectivity including public cloud access. The company’s multiple clients will put data processing equipment such as servers and affiliated equipment in the data center.
 
Melvin “Skip” Alston, the chair of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, said, “We have been impressed by what the company pledges to do for the community. In one of its presentations to the commissioners, DC BLOX pledged to work to reduce the digital divide in underprivileged areas; provide technology support for non-profits and disadvantaged minority-owned businesses; and foster training and education for tomorrow's technology workers.”
 
The carrier-neutral data center planned for the Carolina Core / Piedmont Triad region will be the first-of-its-kind in the market. When complete, the facility will be fully interconnected to DC BLOX’s Southeastern regional network of data centers and connectivity partners, including access to the region’s Internet Exchange (IX) at 56 Marietta in Atlanta and with plans to connect to the IX in Ashburn, Virginia. Direct, private access to major public cloud providers and to all carriers across its data center footprint are also provided. The facility will offer colocation for hosting primary IT infrastructure as well as secondary disaster recovery sites and provide infrastructure for large-scale object storage solutions.
 
When six “data halls” are completed in the building, capital investment could be more than $305 million.
  • more than $40 million of that amount would be in real property;
  • more than $9.6 million would be the personal property of DC BLOX; and
  • more than $255.4 million “induced customer investment” from the equipment of the client businesses of DC BLOX.
Public hearings were held in October 2020, at which both the High Point City Council and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners unanimously authorized performance-based incentives for the project. The Carolina Core is a region on the rise with companies across industries finding success thanks to the area’s skilled talent and affordability.
 
To learn more about DC BLOX, please visit www.dcblox.com. To learn more about the Carolina Core visit www.nccarolinacore.com.
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