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State Senator

Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

With Eye on Connecticut's Future, Senator Cassano Supports Legislation in Senate Supporting Data Center Development


Focused on the continuing importance of Connecticut's economy and creating jobs that will bolster the state for decades, State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) today voted in support of legislation that would provide financial incentives for qualified data centers in the state. Once it is sworn into law by the Governor’s office after today’s approval in the Senate and last week’s approval in the House, this legislation would increase Connecticut's ability to lead the fast-growing industry, offering sales tax benefits in exchange for investments in the state's community.

"There’s the financial benefits and the economic strength it brings us, but to me, this legislation represents a psychological boost for our state looking toward the future,” said Sen. Cassano. “Data center development of this magnitude means nothing but good things for Connecticut. This industry represents a lot of potential strength for us and exposes that Connecticut isn’t just a mass of land between New York City and Massachusetts. Our state has myriad land space left for development that’s rife with potential for developments like these. Diversifying our industrial focuses only bodes better for the future, creating jobs and opportunities for the future.”

House Bill 6514, “An Act Concerning Incentives For Qualified Data Centers To Locate In The State,” would offer sales tax incentives to promote development of data centers, waiving sales taxes for up to 30 years on data centers with investment of at least $400 million in a facility in qualified opportunity zones in Connecticut, or at least $200 million if the facility is located in an 'enterprise zone'. These zones encourage economic growth and development.

Also under the bill, a qualified data center, which means a facility that is developed, acquired, constructed, rehabilitated, renovated, repaired, or operated to house a group of networked computer servers in one physical location, would be exempt from any financial transactions tax or fee that may be imposed by the state through trades of stocks, bonds, or any other financial products. This exemption would last for a period of 30 years from the date construction of the facility is completed.

Currently, there are 11 data centers in Connecticut. These buildings house computer systems and centralize organizations’ shared IT operations, equipment, storage, management, and dissemination of data and information pertaining to a business. Building additional data centers throughout the state increase opportunities for economic growth. The construction of these facilities would provide high paying jobs, specifically providing a big boost in the construction industry, while the industry itself is expected to continue seeing growth in coming years, expected to be valued at close to $70 billion by 2024.


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