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Updated: 10/04/2013 12:03 am
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — C Spire Wireless announced Thursday it'll build a $20 million data center in Starkville.

The 22,400 square foot facility will sit on six-and-a-half acres and provide cloud services to businesses and to government entities in the region.

"This is a natural extension of C Spire's fundamental business in telecom, wireless and fiber to provide this type of service to businesses," said Kevin Hankins, the company's chief operating officer.

The groundbreaking on the new data center should be sometime in November of this year with everything being up and running and fully operational approximately one year later.

"We will be online and providing commercial services in November of 2014," added Hankins. "We are already working with large enterprise clients for initial use of the space."

The new data center will be the only one in the region.

It's expected to make an economic impact by attracting new businesses.

"This project is going to bring direct job opportunities," said Parker Wiseman, the mayor of Starkville. "It's also going to bring indirect job opportunities to people in the area because you're bringing high tech capacity here."

Another expected benefit -- $250,000 in taxes will go directly to the Starkville School District each year.

"It will directly impact children all the way up to an educated workforce in our community," said Jennifer Gregory, the CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.

The data center will be built in the Thad Cochran Research Park at Mississippi State University.
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