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"This is great news for Prineville and really the entire state. I am pleased to welcome this leading Internet technology company to Oregon," said Governor Kulongoski. "The stable, family-wage jobs and economic stimulus they will provide to this area during construction are a bright spot as this nation and this state climb out of this recession."
Facebook said the company would start recruiting for full-time workers to maintain servers as early as early as July 2010. The jobs are expected to pay 150 percent of the "local prevailing wage."
In 2008, the average pay of a worker in Crook County exceeded $34,000, according to the latest numbers available from the Oregon Employment Department.
Facebook said it looked at sites up and down the West Coast. Prineville offered the best combination: a suitable climate for environmental cooling, renewable power resources, available land, talented regional workforce and supportive business environment, said Tom Furlong, Director of Site Operations for Facebook.
"The City of Prineville, Crook County and the State of Oregon have all been tremendously persuasive in helping us make this decision," he said. "We look forward to joining the community and working with them to provide faster, more reliable and more robust service to people around the world who rely on Facebook to connect and share."
Facebook will be the latest Internet giant to locate facilities in Oregon. Google built a data facility in The Dalles, Ore., and Yahoo! has operations in Hillsboro.
Google's Power-Hungry Data Centres by Bobbie Johnson, Guardian UK, 5/3/9
Report: The Dalles Lands Google Site by Staff, Portland Bus. Journal, 2/17/5
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