A recent survey that ranks Winston-Salem fourth out of 45 metropolitan areas nationwide for cost-effective operation of data centers puts the city in prime position to capitalize on a booming industry.
With the world of secured data becoming progressively more digital, and with more corporations seeking cost-effective initiatives to build data security centers, Winston-Salem has a history of attracting such centers. Corporations such as Lowe’s Cos., Data Chambers LLC, Wells Fargo, and other financial service institutions have located to Winston-Salem with building costs in excess of $150 million and employing more than one thousand. The addition of these technology-sector jobs is tremendous for the city of Winston-Salem from a job-creation and business development standpoint.
John Boyd, Jr. of the Boyd Co. of Princeton, NJ who conducted the survey, spoke optimistically in an article in the Winston-Salem Journal about Winston-Salem continuing to increase its presence in this sector, saying, “You (Winston-Salem) also have available land, quality available work force, and an attractive higher-education system.”
Winston-Salem and Forsyth County are in a great position to grow this important sector in the near term.