Soliday’s bill to bring data centers to state could soon be law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, April 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 22, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) incentivizing data centers to locate in Indiana could soon be signed into law by the governor.

Data centers are facilities that house servers to collect, store and process large amounts of data. According to Soliday, data centers can greatly enhance the economies of the cities and states they locate in through job creation and the development of other data-dependent industries.

“These facilities can lead to incredible growth in both the community and state they are located in,” Soliday said. “Not only do they create jobs, but they also encourage neighboring tech companies to expand and develop. If we can encourage more companies to build these facilities in Indiana, Hoosiers across the state stand to benefit.”

Under Soliday’s legislation, cities and counties may offer property tax exemptions and the state may offer sales tax exemptions to data centers planning to invest $25 million or more within five years.

Recently, the city of Hammond secured the $40 million Digital Crossroads of America Data Center project. Soliday said this legislation would not only encourage the growth of the Hammond project, but would also help to attract data centers in the future.

House Enrolled Act 1405 is now eligible for action by the governor. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov

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State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) represents House
District 4, which includes a portion of Porter County. 
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