A New York-based technology startup has broken ground on a multi-million-dollar data center in Gallatin that will be powered by renewable energy.

Archer Datacenters plans to have construction of its new approximately 55,000-square-foot facility completed next year. It will be located on 30 acres off Gateway Drive in the city’s industrial park across from Beretta U.S.A.’s firearms manufacturing plant.

“We at Archer are incredibly excited to put a shovel in the ground to begin the tangible phase of this journey that started as an idea roughly two years ago,” Archer Datacenters founder and CEO Jordan Milman said during a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 12. “We are committed to helping develop northeast Nashville as a hub of technology-focused economic development.”

Once open, Archer plans to lease space at the facility to multiple tenants simultaneously while the company would be responsible for all security, cooling, power and connectivity at the site.

The company also has the ability to purchase an additional 30 acres for future expansion if necessary.

Archer officials began looking at the Nashville area for the project after conducting a nationwide study of emerging data center markets, according to Milman. Among the factors most appealing to the company were the area’s rapid growth of data intensive industries along with an educated workforce and ample access to economically competitive renewable energy. 

Currently there are approximately 161,000 Tennesseans employed in the technology sector, according to Allen Borden, deputy commissioner of business, community and rural development for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development 

“Technology jobs are very good jobs,” Borden said last week adding that Archer Datacenters is going to be a “great addition to Gallatin’s business community.”

In addition to the company’s initial undisclosed capital expenses, future tenants could invest as much as an estimated $100 million locally, according to officials with the Gallatin Economic Development Agency who have focused on pursing technology companies and corporate offices in recent years.

As a result, Volunteer State Community College and the Greater Nashville Regional Council announced earlier this year a plan to launch new technology apprenticeship programs that will guarantee graduates a job upon certification.

“For us, this is a new venture,” Mayor Paige Brown said last week about the city’s focus on recruiting more technology jobs. “We love all of our industries in Gallatin, whether they are a small business or a different kind of industry or a manufacturer… but this is something different for us, so we’re excited about it.”

For more information about the data center or the apprenticeship programs, contact the Gallatin Economic Development Agency at 615-451-5940.

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