Given the rise of data center appeal to the mass markets and the large direct and ancillary economic impacts they bring to communities, data centers have been a target and often a focus of regions, states, counties, and cities. Some communities have become enlightened, proactively legislating data center incentives to capture the value associated with attracting a data center to an area; while some hesitate, often allowing politics to inhibit their presence thereby inherently restraining growth.
We’ve seen it time and time again where, during the incentive negotiation process within areas of consideration, politicians challenge the net societal benefit that data centers bring to a community. Too often, they hinge upon the fallacy that no benefits can be derived from any facility or project without employment. In many ways, this is economically irrational. To understand why, you must grasp the concept of aggregate value. In this paper, we look to provide some insight into those areas in the United States who are looking to attract data centers. We look to tell you which communities have embraced and succeeded in this endeavor and why.