NVTC Data Center Task Force Holds Briefing and Tour for NoVa Legislators
On December 9, 2011, NVTC’s Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure Task Force held a data center briefing at Dominion and tour of a DuPont Fabros data center to introduce members of the Northern Virginia General Assembly Delegation to the data center community and provide them with a basic overview of data center businesses. Virginia Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey, Deputy Secretary of Technology Aaron Mathes, Assistant Secretary of Technology Cameron Kilberg and 12 Northern Virginia senators and delegates joined 29 members of the NVTC Task Force for the meeting and tour.
|L-R: Del. Vivian Watts, Nick Bruno of Critical Power Group, Sen. George Barker, Jim Coakley of PowerLoft, and Va. Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey.|
The luncheon portion of the event, which was hosted by Dominion, kicked off with remarks from NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg and Ken Barker, VP - Customer Solutions & Energy Conservation of Dominion. NVTC Board member and Task Force Co-Chair Pete Stevenson, CEO of Latisys, provided the participants with a briefing on data centers, followed by a roundtable discussion, which was moderated by NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions. Following the luncheon, Secretary Duffey, Deputy Secretary Mathes and the legislators toured a DuPont Fabros data center in Ashburn.
|Task Force Co-Chair Pete Stevenson of Latisys briefs attendees.|
|L-R: Del. Mark Sickles, Howard Horowitz of Equinix, NVTC Chair Brad Antle, and Del. Tag Greason look on as Hossein Fateh of DuPont Fabros makes a point during the discussion.|
NVTC launched the Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure Task Force in 2010 to provide a discussion forum and a strong, collective voice for the region's data center community. The goals of the Task Force are to:
- Address the short- and long-term competitiveness of the data center industry in Virginia.
- Bolster the data center and critical infrastructure industry through public policy advocacy in Richmond.
- Promote policies and initiatives to increase data center investment and expansion throughout Virginia.
|Task Force members and legislators during the briefing at Dominion.|
NVTC is a strong advocate for enhancing economic incentives targeted toward data centers to ensure Virginia remains a top global destination for data center investment and jobs. Last year, NVTC supported legislation approved by Gov. Bob McDonnell and the General Assembly, which adjusted eligibility thresholds for the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to ensure the governor’s primary business incentive fund could be leveraged to encourage data centers to locate and expand in Virginia. NVTC will be advocating this year for additional incentives to preserve and further bolster our competitive advantage in attracting data center investment and jobs.