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Data center provider Arista Data Centers is planning to build a US$210m data center in Pflugerville, Texas (about 20 miles north of Austin), a local economic-development organization announced.

The 500,000-sq-ft campus will consist of four-six buildings, Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) said. The organization is expecting the project to create at least 170 jobs in the community within 10 years, each paying a minimum of $67,500 per year.

PCDC executive director Floyd Akers said the project would bring many high-quality employment opportunities to the area.

“In this case, Pflugerville and Arista are a perfect match because we want to attract promising, progressive, green-minded companies and Arista needed to locate in an area that offered deregulated electricity in a pro-business community,” Akers said.

He mentioned potentially “green-minded” data center tenants because Arista has commited to use “commercially reasonable efforts” to get the campus certified at the Silver level in the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings.

Besides the future campus’s green potential, the pitch for the Pflugerville location includes Texas’ deregulated energy market, a solid electrical infrastructure, good fiber connectivity at the site and a “pro-business community.”