Data Centers


The Winston-Salem region was ranked #4 for cost effective Data Centers by the Boyd Company.


Advantages for Data Centers

*Low electricity costs – approximately 5.24 cents/kwh, with incentive riders available for major data center users

*Extremely low incidence of natural disasters

*Redundant power feeds and fiber connectivity throughout region

*Favorable legislative environment:

*certain data center facilities exempt from sales and use tax

*pending legislation would also make large purchases of machinery and equipment by large data centers exempt from sales and use tax

*Average wages for computer related occupations in the Triad is up to 20% less than the national averages



Annual Average Wage


Piedmont Triad

United States

Computer Systems Analysts



Computer Programmers



Database Administrators



Network and Computer Systems Administrators



Computer Specialist, All Other



Computer and Information Systems Managers




Banking & Financial Services: A Comparative Cost Analysis for Information Assurance Operations

Boyd Company Study on Data Center Costs



Significant Triad Data Centers

Lowe’s Cos. – Opened in 2005, receiving about $3.8 million in local and state incentives

The Clearing House Payments – Opened in 2007 and eligible for about $900,000 in local and state incentives

Wells Fargo – Operates a former Wachovia data center with approximately 1,000 employees

Ralph Lauren – Chose in 2007 to locate a data center in High Point along with its distribution operations for; turned down incentives

DataChambers – Has 120,000 square feet of data center and disaster recovery space; has expanded twice in the past 5 years

American Express – Announced in 2010 it would open two data centers totaling 500,000 square feet in Guilford County; did not pursue incentives package estimated at $13 million