El Paso, TX

Meta Comes to El Paso: Impacts and Opportunities

Tom Handy
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El Paso recently announced Meta was setting up a data center in the city. This could be a big benefit to the city that some people may not realize.

In addition to bringing jobs and a recognized public entity to El Paso, other data centers in cities have made a positive impact. There are two other data centers in Texas, one in New Mexico, and one in Arizona.

Texas has data centers in Fort Worth and Temple. In New Mexico, the data center is located at Los Lunas. Then the Arizona data center is located in Mesa.

The construction of the data center could bring short-term jobs ranging from 200 people to 1,500 people based on the four data centers constructed according to Meta.

Then once complete, the data center could employ 100 to 400 people based on comparisons from the four other data centers.

According to Meta, long-term jobs will range from engineers, security, maintenance, administration, culinary, managers, directors, and more.

Some people have mentioned El Paso is giving tax-free money to Meta. According to El Paso, Inc. Meta will see a tax abatement of 80%.

Other data centers have provided a benefit to cities. Facebook data centers use less water and renewable energy as compared to other data centers of similar size.

Mayor Oscar Leeser said according to KTSM:

“The City of El Paso is thrilled at the steps taken to establish Meta’s Hyperscale Data Center that will completely transform our community.”
“This partnership not only signifies a significant milestone in our technological evolution but also reaffirms our dedication to becoming a hub for innovation, job creation, and economic prosperity. Our region has the workforce, infrastructure, and business climate to support the needs of data center operators. We look forward to the City supporting the final stages of this project.”

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