Cumberland Times-News

Local News

August 26, 2013

Company asks for extension on proposed Capon Bridge data center

200 construction jobs, 30 to 50 permanent positions expected

ROMNEY, W.Va. — An official from Cyber Innovation Labs asked the Hampshire County Development Authority last week for an extension on its option to build a data center at Capon Bridge Technical Park.

Kris Domich, managing director of Global Portfolio Development, told the authority board the original 78,000-square-foot facility has been scaled back to 40,000 square feet.

He gave an in-depth PowerPoint presentation regarding the proposed data center and its impact on the area economy.

“We have raised $90 million to build the facility. We’ve had a two-year option, and a lot has happened in the two years,” Domich said.

To build the data center, Domich said, “We need two things. We need power and fiber optic.

“West Virginia has an abundance of inexpensive power.”

He said FirstEnergy Corp. has already invested in the project.

“Fiber optic is as close as Ashburn, Va. We are in a unique position to have both available,” Domich said.

The 40,000-square-foot data facility would encompass 24 acres at the Capon Bridge Tech Park located just off Smokey Hollow Road north of U.S. Route 50.

Domich explained how the building would be set up into four smaller pods. However, he said the building could easily be set up into one or two larger pods, depending on a tenant’s needs.

 “This facility is ideally located to become an extension of the Washington, D.C., market. It’s an excellent disaster recovery location for Washington clients and West Virginia state government,” Domich said.

“The tech park is 87 miles from Washington, D.C., which is outside of a blast zone. It’s not if Washington is attacked, but when.”

Domich said the tech park can support two additional data centers. “Ninety-six acres are planned for the technical corridor.”

He referred to the location as “brilliant” and said it could be isolated if Washington is attacked.

“The economic opportunities are great. An estimated 200 construction jobs and 30 to 50 permanent jobs will be available when each of the buildings are built,” Domich said.

He talked about integration training programs with Hampshire and Morgan counties.

“The presence of a data center will economically impact hotels, restaurants, retail and leisure businesses,” Domich said.

“There is an opportunity here to elevate the quality of life and employability of hundreds of West Virginia residents.”

Domich said his company is working with two Native American tribes that have substantial resources to invest in the data center.

“We have developed 5 million square feet of data centers worldwide,” Domich said.

He named Thrasher Engineering, Morgan County, Iron Mountain, Shockey and FirstEnergy as Cyber partners.

“Once this data center is built every carrier will consider this facility,” Domich said.

And he said there is no reason that data center racks couldn’t be put in area schools.

“Kids would have the ability to learn about data centers. There is no age limit. They don’t have to be 18,” Domich said.

Following the presentation, board president Jason Hicks said he had a better understanding of the project.

After a brief discussion, board member Eileen Johnson, city of Romney administrator, made a motion to extend the Cyber option for one year for a fee of $2,500. The motion was seconded by former board president Lynn McMaster and passed unanimously.

In other business the authority board talked about reviewing its bylaws.

Hicks stressed the importance of all board members attending the meetings.

“These members represent business and areas in the county. The attendance policy is very important. If they aren’t going to participate we need to get rid of them and appoint new members,” Hicks said.

The Hampshire County Development Authority meets the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at Taggart Hall.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds

    After you drive Alexander and Furnace streets then navigate a couple of switchbacks on Cemetery Road, you’d figure there would be no more uphill.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Proposed county budget holds most agencies flat

    After taking into account an income tax shortfall, Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett said he’ll propose a budget that holds most outside agencies to flat funding and funds the Board of Education at what county officials say are maintenence of effort levels for 2015.

    April 17, 2014

  • RYAN WOLF Wolf named 2014-15 Garrett Teacher of the Year

    Southern Garrett High School teacher Ryan Wolf has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock

    While giving a civics lesson at Frostburg State University on Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland’s sixth district, told students that the polarization in Congress is due primarily to redistricting and a poorly designed Congressional schedule.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fourmile Ridge wind project approved, moves forward

    The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Fourmile Ridge wind project in eastern Garrett County and site preparation started April 7, according to Frank Maisano, a wind industry spokesman. The current notice listed on the FAA website for the project is for a small change in turbine location.

    April 17, 2014

  • Oakland back to normal after toppled tanker closes business district

    The town of Oakland returned to normal activities Thursday, one day after a tanker full of liquid propane overturned in the heart of the business district.
    Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday the toppled tanker was removed and its 10,000-gallon load transferred to another tanker.

    April 17, 2014

  • Students back Southern Middle School renovation

    Students from both Southern and Northern middle schools presented a list of reasons why Southern Middle needs to be renovated during the Garrett County Commission meeting Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Trial run Trial run

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo

    Friday, April 18, has another special meaning for me besides Good Friday.
    April 18, 1942, proved to be a pivotal day for American morale, following the deadly air attack and destruction conceived and executed by Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lara Courrier seeks re-appointment to Mineral school board

    I, Lara Courrier, am seeking re-election to the Mineral County Board of Education to continue the work I’ve done the last four years. Having served as a school counselor at the Burlington Center School and the Chick Buckbee Juvenile Center for nearly six years, as well as approximately 20 years total working with children, I have insight into the needs of kids and the importance of the actions of the school board. Having three sons and several nieces and nephews in Mineral County schools, I have an added incentive to continue to work hard to ensure the efficient running of our school system. 

    April 17, 2014