Publishing Date: Jun 28, 2023

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced today that it will invest an estimated $7.8 billion by the end of 2029 to expand its data centre operations in Central Ohio. The new data centres will create hundreds of new jobs and will be located in multiple localities in the region.

AWS’s data centre project is the second-largest single private sector company investment in Ohio’s history. The new data centres will contain computer servers, data storage drives, networking equipment, and other forms of technology infrastructure used to power cloud computing.

Amazon is already one of the largest private-sector employers in Ohio, and the company’s continued growth here further cements Ohio as the heart of our nation’s technology and innovation,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “As more of the world relies on cloud computing, this investment will build on Amazon’s current infrastructure in Ohio to help new and existing businesses grow, allow residents to securely connect to friends and family, and provide access to online educational resources and entertainment.


This positions Ohio as a critical location for the most discussed technology in the world, artificial intelligence,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “This enormous capital investment further solidifies Ohio as the tech centre of the Midwest and positions us for a bright future as cloud computing and artificial intelligence are more integrated into the economy and our everyday lives.

AWS launched its first data centres in the Midwest in 2016 and currently operates data centre campuses in Franklin and Licking counties. To date, AWS’s investments and operations have generated over $2 billion in economic benefit for Ohio and supported more than 3,000 local secondary jobs on an average annual basis. In 2022, AWS directly employed nearly 1,000 Ohioans across the state.

Today, we are proud to reinforce our long-term commitment to the State of Ohio with plans to expand and invest an estimated $7.8 billion by 2030,” said Roger Wehner, Director of Economic Development, AWS. “Since 2015, AWS has invested more than $6 billion in Ohio while supporting thousands of local jobs. This additional investment will bring new, well-paying jobs and will continue to boost the state’s Gross Domestic Product each year. We are excited to continue our partnership with the state of Ohio, and deliver new workforce development and educational programs that support the next generation of talent by emphasizing collaborative, long-term public and private partnerships across the state.

The expansion of AWS’s data centre operations in Ohio is a major win for the state’s economy. The new data centres will create hundreds of new jobs, boost the state’s GDP, and help to position Ohio as a leading hub for cloud computing and artificial intelligence.


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