Merkley Statement on Facebook’s Investment in Central Oregon

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley applauded today’s announcement by Facebook, Inc. that it’s building a LEED certified data center in Prineville. In addition to immediate construction jobs, the center will create about 35 permanent positions.

“Facebook’s exciting investment means more jobs for an area that urgently needs them,” Merkley said. “As our economy relies more and more on innovative technology companies, those companies are relying more on Oregon. This investment creates jobs across a variety of fields, from computer engineers, to technicians to food service professionals. I’m delighted to hear that not only is Facebook creating jobs, but designing LEED certified buildings. This investment strengthens Oregon’s economy and its leadership in sustainability.”