Amazon Web Services to invest another $35 bn in Virginia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it plans to invest another $35 billion by 2040 to expand data centers in Virginia.
AWS event for CIOsAmazon.com’s cloud services division said the new investment will create 1,000 jobs. Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin said AWS will establish multiple data center campuses across Virginia. There’s no information on the number of data centers.

In 2021, AWS, the # Cloud service provider in the world, said it invested $35 billion in data centers located in northern Virginia from 2011 to 2020 and had 3,500 full time employees at its data centers in the state.

Virginia is developing a new “Mega Data Center Incentive Program,” which would allow AWS to receive up to a 15-year extension of Data Center Sales and Use tax exemptions on equipment and software.

AWS also will be eligible to receive a state grant of up to $140 million for site and infrastructure improvements, workforce development, and other project-related costs.

Amazon in 2018 contest announced northern Virginia would be home to its second headquarters known as “HQ2” and eventually employ more than 25,000 employees. As of April, Amazon said its headcount assigned to the site was around 5,000.