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Eastern Cherokees looking to build data center on reservation






A solar array helps power an Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Photo courtesy Apple

Leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are excited about a big technology project.

The tribal council approved a resolution to secure $100 million in financing for a data center, The Cherokee One Feather reported. The money would be used to build a facility on the North Carolina reservation that would offer critical internet and computing services.

"This is a new, modern way to provide manufacturing, and our people will have an opportunity, if they want it, to have probably some of the finest jobs in the world," Teresa McCoy, a council member, said at an October 18 meeting, The One Feather reported.

The council is considering a 100,000 square-foot facility in Cherokee. But it could grow to up to 1 million square-feet, according to an executive from RTECH Group, a firm that's been working on the project.

The tribe's reservation is located in western North Carolina, where several technology companies -- including Apple, Facebook and Google -- have built large data centers. According to Computer World, Apple spent $1 billion on a facility in the area. The complex includes a large solar array that provides power to the center.

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Tribe to secure financing for $100 million Data Center (The Cherokee One Feather 10/24)