Meta, Facebook’s parent company, announced this week that it is expanding its Huntsville campus, increasing the company’s investment in Huntsville to $1.5 million. The expansion is expected to add more than 300 new jobs to the facility.
Meta also announced two new grants for a total of $300,000 in support of local schools and STEM education.
Meta and Huntsville’s growing relationship
The expansion plans include two new buildings for the Huntsville Data Center, which would increase the facility to nearly 3.5 million square feet.
Also, by supporting its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy, Meta is making additional contributions to local economies through investments in new wind and solar projects. The Meta-contracted project has added 227MWs of new renewable energy in Alabama.
“Huntsville has proven to be a great home for our data center, and we are excited to be expanding even further. Thank you to Huntsville/Madison County Chamber, the City of Huntsville, Alabama – Government, and the Huntsville Urban and Economic Development team, and all of our community partners for all their ongoing support. We love Huntsville!”Meta’s official statement Thursday
Additional investments in the community
In addition to the two new buildings on the Huntsville campus, Meta is also investing in local schools. The company announced two new grants for a total of $300,000 in support of local schools and STEM education.
Meta is providing $225,000 in support of the Raise Your Hand program with The Schools Foundation, a new initiative that aims to add 500 new National Board Certified Teachers to the Huntsville City, Madison City and Madison County school systems. National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.
Meta is also providing $75,000 to the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering in support of STEM equipment for the school. With these two grants, Meta has given more than $1.5 million to local schools in Huntsville since 2019.