The Rome-Floyd County Development Authority announced on Monday that Microsoft has announced a new data center that will be housed on Huffaker Road.

Microsoft will invest $1 billion in the center, which will create 150 new jobs.

The campus will be on 347 acres at Fouche Gap.

“This is a tremendous economic opportunity for our community that will have positive impacts for decades to come,” said Jimmy Byars, Chairman of the Rome Floyd County Development Authority.

According to the RFCDA, “Microsoft site selectors analyzed various sites across the region and the county. Following months of due diligence on the Huffake Road site, they decided that Rome and Floyd County were right for them.”

The facility will take about three years to complete.

Microsoft Azure is the firm’s global technology infrastructure that consists of two key components – physical infrastructure and connective network components. The physical component is comprised of 200+ physical data centers, arranged into regions, and linked by one of the largest interconnected technology networks on the planet.

Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran, “This data center represents the future of investment for our area. High-tech, great-paying jobs that don’t require interstate access. Tech employers look for quality of life to draw talent, and this is where Rome shines brightest.”