MacGregor: Passage of legislation key to new Kent County data center, would benefit all of Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor said legislation approved by the Legislature on Tuesday would help create jobs and increase business investment in the state.

Senate Bills 616 and 617 would establish sales tax and use tax exemptions for the data center industry, which is key to finalizing a plan by Switch, a Nevada-based company, to build a two-million-square-foot data center — called Supernap Michigan — that would become the largest data center in the eastern United States. The legislation would apply to all existing data centers and those looking to locate in Michigan.

“This is great news for our state and for west Michiganders who may soon have new jobs thanks to Switch’s investment,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “With the passage of this important legislation, all data centers, like this one, will be able to operate in Michigan on a level playing field similar to our neighboring Great Lakes states, making our state even more competitive and attractive in a modern 21st century economy.

“By enacting these bills, residents with degrees in computer science, engineering and related areas of study will have more opportunities to stay and work in Michigan and earn highly competitive salaries in a growing industry. Not only would this help Michigan’s economy by retaining the talent it helps produce, but it would also help attract highly educated and talented professionals who might otherwise not consider our state.”

The legislation now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.