Temple is striking up their own "green deal" with a high-tech company.

According to a press release from Temple Economic Development Corporation, Rowan Green Data, a developer and infrastructure provider for hyperscale data centers across the US, has plans to build a new 500-megawatt (MW) multi-tenant campus in Temple pending final negotiations with Temple EDC, the City of Temple, and Bell County.

"After our first conversations with Temple, we knew their business-friendly environment, infrastructure and partnership would be an ideal match for our current data center and future growth opportunities," said Garret Bean, Managing Director of Development for Rowan.

What Does Rowan Do?

Rowan develops strategic host sites and support infrastructure for data center operators combining powered land, wholesale energy, and retail delivery. These three components allow Rowan to provide utility infrastructure to power high performance and cloud computing platforms. The company works closely with their clients to ensure that campuses are powered by green, environmentally conscious energy sources.

What's the Plan?

The project will be undertaken in two phases with the first phase hosting 200MW. Rowan plans to ultimately invest $300 million, create 20 new, fulltime positions and construct 135,000 square feet of new buildings and data center space. The facility will be located on 32 acres in southeast Temple in Synergy Park. The construction phase of the project is expected to employ 40 to 60 workers for approximately 9 to 12 months. During the operational phase, the completed data center will employ 20 highly skilled data center engineers, networking technicians, and operations specialists. This exciting development will be the newest addition to Temple's expanding tech landscape.

"We are thrilled to have Rowan Green Data expanding to Temple," said Adrian Cannady, President and CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation. "Rowan is a welcome addition to our emerging technology sector."

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The first Phase of the Temple Green Data Campus is expected to be complete by the summer of 2022. The second phase is anticipated to be completed and fully operational in 2023.

Why Temple?

Ranked as the 10th Best American City to Work in Tech (Fortune Magazine), Temple boasts a talented and growing STEM labor pool thanks to education opportunities from institutions such as University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Temple College, and local STEM education programs. The new, innovative green data center campus in Temple will tap into a skilled workforce in business services and technology to support data center needs for all of our customers.

In addition to the highly skilled labor force, Temple provides easy access across North American markets by interstate, railroads, air, or by water. Located in Texas, which has the lowest state taxes in the U.S., Temple also offers a low cost of doing business and ample acreage and buildings for expansion and relocation.

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