Amazon to invest $11 billion in Louisa County 

This image is taken from a 12-page document created by Louisa County to explain the purpose of technology overlay districts.

Louisa County announced this week that Amazon Web Services will invest $11 billion to build two data center campuses within two Technology Overlay Districts. 

“The campuses will position AWS as one of the largest private-sector employers in Louisa and will create hundreds of new jobs,” reads a press release sent out August 30

The county’s website describes the technology overlay districts as areas within Louisa’s growth area that are close to road networks and electric transmission lines. They’re also areas where residential and retail development are not being encouraged. 

Supervisors approved the technology overlay districts in April, according to the Central Virginian. The vote to add the districts to the county’s Land Development Regulations was 6 to 1. 

Earlier this year, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Amazon Web Services would invest $35 billion in Virginia by 2040. That now includes this investment in Louisa. 

“We’re proud to partner with AWS to expand their operations in a world with a growing demand for cloud computing infrastructure,” said Louisa County Board Chairman Duane Adams.

The Technology Overlay Districts are marked in green (Credit: Louisa County)

Amazon Web Services is looking at two specific sites according to Louisa County Community Engagement Manager Cindy King. 

“AWS is evaluating two sites,” King said in an email. “What would become the Lake Anna Technology Campus (LATC) near the North Anna Power Station; and the North Creek Technology Campus (NCTC) near the Northeast Creek Reservoir.”

King said construction activity could begin as soon as 2024. The Board of Supervisors will enter into a performance agreement with Amazon Web Services. That agreement could also see the rebate of tax revenues with details to be worked out in the future. 

Here’s a paragraph from a story written by Dan Swinhoe for Data Center Dynamics:

“Amazon already has a significant presence in Northern Virginia and continues to expand in the area. As well as continuing to expand in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties as well as Prince William, the company is making moves to establish data centers in FauquierCulpeperKing GeorgeSpotsylvania, and Caroline Counties.”

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