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Top Business Leaders from World’s Fastest Growing Data Center Hub to Provide Industry Outlook

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Top Business Leaders from World’s Fastest Growing Data Center Hub to Provide Industry Outlook, Economic and Social Opportunities
 
Loudoun’s Data Center Market Attracted $13 Billion
in Economic Investment in Last Years
 
WHAT
On October 17, some of the top business leaders in the world’s fastest growing data center hub, Loudoun County, will be providing insights on what the future holds for the industry, and how it is generating jobs and economic opportunity, while strengthening the quality of life for citizens.
 
In the early days of the Internet, Loudoun County was selected as a key hub in MAE-East, the Internet’s first major interconnection point. Today, Ashburn remains as the world’s busiest Internet intersection where more than 200 global networks meet. Loudoun is home to one of three Global Roaming Exchange (GRX) peering locations in the world and nine of the top 10 global Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). Ashburn is also the major communications gateway to Europe and Asia.
 
A recent resiliency assessment on an original research on Internet traffic conducted by industry was vetted by the Department of Homeland Security. The assessment showed that during Hurricane Katrina, almost 90% of all traffic was routed through Loudoun.
 
Loudoun County’s “Data Center Alley” has attracted $13 billion in economic investment in the last few years, has more than 13.5 million square feet of data center storage, and has the most dark fiber density available. It also generates more than 13 thousand jobs in and around the data center industry.
 
Event Agenda
Josh Levi, founder of the Data Center Coalition, will provide a brief overview on the data center industry’s economic and fiscal impact on the region and the Commonwealth, with a focus on jobs, tax revenues, creating a technology industry ecosystem and the expansion of renewable energy.
 
The event will follow with an expert panel discussion featuring top business leaders in the data center industry and moderated by Buddy Rizer, the executive director of the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. Rizer was named the “Godfather of Data Center Alley” by a national publication. Panelists will include:

  • Thomas A. “Tag” Greason, chief hyperscale officer at QTS Data Centers
  • James Leach, corporate vice president at RagingWire Data Centers
  • Ross Rebraca, vice president, technology at HITT
The event is organized by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.
 
For more information about the event, click here.
 
WHO
Media interviews are available upon request before and on the day of the event with:
  • Buddy Rizer, executive director, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
  • Tony Howard, president and chief executive officer, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
 
WHEN
Thursday, October 17
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
 
WHERE
QTS Data Center
22271 Broderick Drive, Sterling, VA 20166
 
PRESS RSVP
To RSVP, please contact Catherine Castro at (202) 763-9583 or ccastro@markastrategies.com.
 
 
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