SALEM, Ore. -- Facebook has friended Oregon.
The social networking giant will build a multimillion dollar data center in Prineville, Ore. over the next 12 months, according to the governor's office. Facebooking
Facebook will store and route information from its 350 million-plus users at the Prineville data center, about 40 miles east of Bend.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski said Facebook chose Oregon over California and Washington, and that the center would eventually employ 35 full-time, with dozens of support staff part-timers.
“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 Facebook building will be designed to LEED Gold standards and was to employ power management technology on the server back-end that would make it an energy-efficient running on renewable energy sources.
Facebook says the data center's full-time staff will make 150 percent the "prevalent local wage" and during construction about 200 jobs will be created.
The governor's office was contacted to determine what if any tax incentives were offered Facebook but no calls were returned.
Facebook, however, disclosed online that it would pay Crook County $110,000 a year as a community impact fee.