Officials are breaking ground on a $10 billion Amazon Web Services project in Madison County

Ground has been broken for the largest economic development project in Mississippi history.

The recently announced and approved $10 billion investment in Madison County by Amazon Web Services is the largest private sector investment in the state. AWS will establish multiple data center complexes in two industrial parks in Madison County – one in Canton and the other in Ridgeland – creating at least 1,000 high-tech, high-paying jobs for Mississippians.

“It is difficult to put into words how important today is for Mississippi’s future. It is truly a turning point in the history of Mississippi’s economic development, and I am proud of the tremendous impact this project will have on our state,” said Governor Tate Reeves.

“In recent years, we have seen multiple record-breaking private sector investments, reached historic new heights when it comes to education, and worked hard to train our workforce for the jobs of the next fifty years. This record-breaking investment from Amazon Web Services will continue to fuel further economic growth and move our state forward. Mississippi’s future is bright, and the only day better than today is tomorrow.”

Kevin Miller, vice president of AWS Global Data Centers, added that the cloud computing service provider will not discontinue the two centers in central Mississippi. He added that the company will bring six special projects to the state as a way to give back to the community and provide educational opportunities to train the future of Mississippi’s workforce.

  • Amazon Community Workforce Accelerator at Madison County Megasite – training center to support careers in cloud computing infrastructure.
  • $200,000 worth of equipment will be donated to elementary and middle schools in the Madison, Canton and Jackson Public Schools to equip students with a technology-based education.
  • Fiber optic certification courses at Hinds and Holmes community colleges, as well as educational opportunities at other colleges and nonprofits in the state.
  • Community grant fund of $250,000 to support projects that benefit the greater Jackson area
  • Tech Series for Girls – Free learning opportunities for women interested in careers in science, engineering, arts and math.
  • “Think Big” space in Jackson – a facility where students can explore and cultivate their interests in science, technology, engineering and math with hands-on, laboratory-based learning.
Amazon Community Workforce Accelerator
Renderings of the Amazon Community Workforce Accelerator coming to Canton
(Photo by SuperTalk Mississippi News)

AWS will also work to provide renewable energy in Mississippi. In partnership with Entergy, AWS will deliver 650 megawatts of new renewable energy projects over the next three years. A plan to add 1.3 gigawatts of carbon-free energy to solar and wind projects in Mississippi is also in the works.

“From all the construction workers who will help build these facilities, to the electricians who will help lay the miles of power lines, to all the maintenance teams who will help keep them running at maximum efficiency, this project is estimated to contribute a additional $3.3 billion to Mississippi’s GDP,” Miller said. “Because we do all that and grow, we want to do it sustainably.

The AWS centers are expected to be completed in Mississippi within the next five to seven years.

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