LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – The buzz over Facebook coming to New Mexico is growing. Governor Martinez and Los Lunas mayor highlighted the many positives Thursday that could come from getting the social media giant to set up shop in Los Lunas.
The village of Los Lunas had been fighting to get the new 250-acre data center for more than a year. Construction on the first phase should start next month.
Facebook is investing $250-million in the new facility which will create about 30 to 50 permanent jobs. While that doesn’t sound like a lot the president of Albuquerque Economic Development who worked on the project says Los Lunas was only making $10 a year on the land where the data center will be. Now the village will actually make money off it even though it’s not charging property taxes for 30 years
Governor Martinez talked about going to the Silicon Valley to pitch New Mexico to tech companies. She says a couple months later they got a call. The state was up against 20 other cities for this data center when the process started. It was then narrowed down to New Mexico and Utah.
The governor also talked about the long term goal of building a data center cluster and bringing more high tech companies to New Mexico.
The Facebook Data Center will be built in three phases. The first phase should be complete by the end of 2017 or early 2018.