Provided by Prince William Economic Development
A division of Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) (“COPT”) plans to construct two new data center facilities in the Data Center Opportunity Zone Overlay District in Innovation Park. Construction of the first building has begun.
Prince William County’s location puts it among the densest concentration of fiber networks in the world, the federal government, commercial enterprise, and consumers. The County’s Data Center Opportunity Zone Overlay District offers over 10,000 acres designated to support data centers and provides the lowest computer tax rates in the region.
“We are delighted to help facilitate COPT’s expansion in Prince William County and one of the industry’s top markets in North America,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors.
“Prince William County is a good choice for COPT to expand because of the abundant availability of land, power and low latency fiber connectivity found within Innovation Park,” says COPT CEO Steve Budorick. “The County is a good partner in supporting our service delivery to our customers.”
“We are pleased to support COPT’s growth in the County and within Innovation Park,” said Jeanine Lawson, Brentsville District Supervisor. “By providing a designated Data Center Opportunity Zone and positive business climate for high-caliber enterprise, the County provides an ideal environment that stimulates commercial growth which benefits businesses and residents alike.”
Data Center Market
Northern Virginia remains the largest data center market in North America, with Prince William County having a significant share. In terms of total volume, Northern Virginia still stands out as a leader in demand, notably in cloud activity, says JLL.
To date, Prince William County has logged 34 data center projects amounting to $6.9 billion in capital investment and 967 new jobs, as well as hundreds of tech and construction jobs. The County’s expansive data center market exists in tandem with many other technology-orientated assets, including George Mason University, which has a prominent science and technology campus in Innovation Park. It is also home to the first and only globally affiliated Serious Game Institute.
The Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training, the first facility of its kind to offer a local solution for highly specialized continuing professional education, is also strategically located to the Northern Virginia Community College – Woodbridge Campus and Marine Corps Base Quantico.