Find Real Estate Agents and Homes for Sale

Real Estate News --> Virginia News

Virginia’s high-paying, windowless workplaces

A new study by the Northern Virginia Technology Council confirms what is already known in the commercial real estate business: Northern Virginia has one of the largest concentrations of private sector data centers in the country, and with jobs that pay ...

Archived Story

"; window.Site.icons['image-arrow-circle-blue'] = "https:\/\/\/wp-content\/themes\/wtop\/assets\/img\/icons\/arrow-circle-blue.png"; window.Site.icons['image-arrow-right-black'] = "https:\/\/\/wp-content\/themes\/wtop\/assets\/img\/icons\/arrow-right-black.png"; window.Site.icons['image-arrow-left-black'] = "https:\/\/\/wp-content\/themes\/wtop\/assets\/img\/icons\/arrow-left-black.png"; // Fallback to loading jQuery from a local path if the CDN is unavailable (window.jQuery || append_jquery_fallback() ); function append_jquery_fallback(){ var script = document.createElement('script'); script.setAttribute('type', 'text/javascript'); script.setAttribute('src', ''); document.write(script.outerHTML); } /* "}; var DFP_ad_slots = [{"name":"wtop_header_banner","sizes":"[[970, 250], [970, 90], [728, 90], [468, 60], [320, 50], [1, 1]]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_header_banner_1","sizeMapping":{"[990, 200]":"[[970, 90],[970, 250],[728, 90]]","[768, 200]":"[[728, 90], [468, 60]]","[500, 200]":"[[1, 1],[468, 60]]","[0, 0]":"[[1, 1],[320, 50]]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":false,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_contracting_banner","sizes":"[[970, 90]]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_contracting_banner_1","sizeMapping":{"[981, 101]":"[[970, 90]]","[0, 0]":"[]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":false,"companion":false,"expandedSize":"[970,250]","transition":4},{"name":"wtop_footer_banner","sizes":"[[728, 90], [468, 60], [320, 50]]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_footer_banner_1","sizeMapping":{"[981, 200]":"[728, 90]","[768, 200]":"[[728, 90], [468, 60]]","[0, 0]":"[320, 50]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":false,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_mobile_right","sizes":"[300, 250]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_mobile_right_1","sizeMapping":{"[768, 200]":"[]","[0, 0]":"[300, 250]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":false,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"tout-in-article-ad-unit","sizes":"[1, 1]","id":"DFP_slot_tout-in-article-ad-unit_1","sizeMapping":{"[0, 0]":"[1, 1]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":false,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_mobile_backfill","sizes":"[300, 250]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_mobile_backfill_1","sizeMapping":{"[768, 200]":"[]","[0, 0]":"[300, 250]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":false,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_interstitial","sizes":"[1, 1]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_interstitial_1","sizeMapping":{"[768, 200]":"[1, 1]","[0, 0]":"[]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":true,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_mobile_interstitial","sizes":"[1, 1]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_mobile_interstitial_1","sizeMapping":{"[1825, 1025]":"[]","[768, 200]":"[]","[0, 0]":"[1,1]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":true,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_tout_interstitial","sizes":"[1, 1]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_tout_interstitial_1","sizeMapping":{"[0, 0]":"[1,1]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":true,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_mobile_adhesion","sizes":"[320, 50]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_mobile_adhesion_1","sizeMapping":{"[768, 200]":"[]","[0, 0]":"[[320,50], [300,50], [320,100]]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":false,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_mobile_top","sizes":"[320, 50]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_mobile_top_1","sizeMapping":{"[768, 200]":"[]","[0, 0]":"[[320,50], [300,50], [320,100]]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":false,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_right_1","sizes":"[[300, 600], [300, 250]]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_right_1_1","sizeMapping":{"[768, 200]":"[[300, 600], [300, 250]]","[0, 0]":"[]"},"extra":{"[300, 250]":["wtop_right_1_extra"]},"outofpage":false,"companion":true,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false},{"name":"wtop_right_3","sizes":"[300, 250]","id":"DFP_slot_wtop_right_3_1","sizeMapping":{"[768, 200]":"[300, 250]","[0, 0]":"[]"},"extra":false,"outofpage":false,"companion":false,"expandedSize":false,"transition":false}]; var DFP_custom_targeting = {"is_front":"false","is_archive":"false","is_article":"true","is_gallery":"false","is_page":"false","is_traffic":"false","is_weather":"false","is_search":"false","is_author":"false","is_dev":"false","slug":"high-paying-windowless-workplaces","category":["business-finance","local","virginia"],"section":["business-finance","local","virginia"],"traffic":["business-finance","local","virginia"],"weather":["business-finance","local","virginia"],"region":["business-finance","local","virginia"],"tag":["jeff-clabaugh","northern-virginia","northern-virginia-technology-council"],"author":["Jeff Clabaugh"]}; /* ]]> */ {"@context":"http:\/\/","@type":"NewsArticle","mainEntityOfPage":{"@type":"WebPage","@id":"http:\/\/\/business-finance\/2018\/02\/high-paying-windowless-workplaces\/"},"headline":"Virginia’s high-paying, windowless workplaces","url":"http:\/\/\/business-finance\/2018\/02\/high-paying-windowless-workplaces\/","thumbnailUrl":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/10\/1026_ThinkstockPhotos-599903446-1880x1254-150x150.jpg","image":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/10\/1026_ThinkstockPhotos-599903446-1880x1254.jpg","width":1880,"height":1254},"dateCreated":"2018-02-12T14:36:47Z","datePublished":"2018-02-12T14:36:47Z","dateModified":"2013-10-23T03:42:15Z","articleSection":"Business & Finance","author":[{"@type":"Person","name":"Jeff Clabaugh"}],"creator":["Jeff Clabaugh"],"publisher":{"@type":"Organization","name":"WTOP","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/themes\/wtop\/assets\/img\/icons\/logo-162x60.gif"}},"keywords":["jeff clabaugh","northern virginia","northern virginia technology council"]} function downloadDistroscaleAtOnload() { var element = document.createElement("script"); element.src = "//"; document.body.appendChild(element); } if (window.addEventListener) window.addEventListener("load", downloadDistroscaleAtOnload, false); else if (window.attachEvent) window.attachEvent("onload", downloadDistroscaleAtOnload); else window.onload = downloadDistroscaleAtOnload; .logo-1{fill:#fff;} NEWS TRAFFIC WEATHER Listen Washington's Top News 201.5 Headlines Local News Virginia Maryland DC Weather News Transportation News National World Business & Finance Government Living Entertainment Sports Tech Trending Now Federal News Radio Photo Galleries Fun & Games Lottery Results Contests Listen Live Podcasts Home » Business & Finance » Virginia's high-paying, windowless workplaces Virginia’s high-paying, windowless workplaces By Jeff Clabaugh | @wtopclabaugh February 12, 2018 9:36 am 02/12/2018 09:36am Share Data center operator QTS Realty Trust paid $53 million for 52 acres of land adjacent to its existing campus in Dulles(Thinkstock) WASHINGTON — More than a third of North America’s internet traffic flows through data centers in Northern Virginia, and those dark, cold, concrete fortresses pay employees well. A new study by the Northern Virginia Technology Council confirms what is already known in the commercial real estate business: Northern Virginia has one of the largest concentrations of private sector data centers in the country, and with jobs that pay more than twice the statewide private sector average. In 2016, the data center industry accounted for 43,275 jobs, $3.2 million in labor income and $10.2 billion in economic output in Virginia, the Technology Council’s study says. There are several reasons Virginia is attractive to data center developers. Related Stories Loudoun County lands a $1 billion data center campus Business & Finance Facebook to build $750M data center in Virginia Business & Finance “The cost and reliability of power is a very important consideration,” Josh Levi, with the Northern Virginia Technology Council, told WTOP“Infrastructure and the availability of fiber and connectivity, taxes — Virginia maintains competitive sales tax incentives — workforce availability and geography is importantClimate and avoiding natural disaster risks,” he said. Data centers are, by their nature, almost entirely computer equipmentMillions of dollars worth of itVirginia gives data center owners an exemption from the sales and use taxes for computer equipment and software bought or leased, provided they invest at least $150 million and create at least 50 new jobs that pay one and a half times the prevailing average wage. Data centers aren’t just laser-focused on cybersecurityThey are also physically secure. “They are typically large, concrete buildings with few windowsThey include gates and protective landscaping featuresCameras are ubiquitousSecurity guards are thereThere is state-of-the-art fire suppression and a lot of other features,” Levi said. Virginia’s data center epicenter is Northern VirginiaThe Tech Council estimates in Loudoun and Prince William Counties, the benefit to cost ratio associated with the industry is more than 8-to-1, meaning for every dollar spent in county expenditures related to the industry, it provides $8 in tax revenue for each county. The Tech Council also says that means data centers in Loudoun and Prince William allow those counties to draw $13.4 million less from the state general fund for school budgetsLoudoun County has more than 75 data centers and 10 million square feet of data center space, either operational or under development, according to the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. Prince William County now has more than 3.5 million square feet of data center space. Dozens of data center operators have planted a flag in the region, and the biggest player is now Amazon Web ServicesCommercial real estate firm JLL says Amazon’s demand is now equal to or greater than that of the entire multi-tenant data center demand in the Northern Virginia market. One of the largest data center campuses in Northern Virginia, a $1 billion, one-million square foot campus on 42 acres in Ashburn is currently under construction by Santa Clara, California-based Vantage Data Centers, its first on the East Coast. While Northern Virginia has the state’s largest concentration of data centers, they are spread throughout the state. Facebook is investing $750 million in a new data center outside of Richmond. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. © 2018 WTOPAll Rights Reserved. Topics: Business & Finance jeff clabaugh Local News northern virginia northern virginia technology council Virginia Advertiser Content Play Now Fun & Games Need a break? Play a quick game of solitaire or SudokuOr take one of our fun quizzes! Recommended Latest Florida school shooting suspect made ‘disturbing’ social media posts Education News 'There were bullet holes everywhere': Students describe school shooting National News Confusion over redistricting reigned ahead of tight Vaelection Virginia DC apologizes for mistakenly fining 913 drivers Washington, DC News Expect major Green Line disruptions Thursday night and Friday morning Tracking Metro 24/7 FBI agents fire back at critics of Clinton and Russia inquiries J.JGreen Blogger wrestled to ground at Annandale parade found guilty of disorderly conduct Fairfax County, VA News Some appliances are tax-free in Mdon Presidents Day weekend Maryland News Phoenix legal defeat prompts FAA to address noise concerns National News I-66 tolls surge to near-record levels during Tuesday morning commute Transportation News Get alerts Sign Up Fun & Games Play Now News Team Careers Advertise Contests Contacts Submit News Tip Charities Events Podcast DC Federal News Radio

Trending Virginia News:

  • Waynesboro City Council Talks About Benefits of Real Estate Tax Increase
  • Virginia Home Builder Sees Big Trends on the Horizon
  • Amato, Virginia
  • Interdisciplinary real estate program moves to Pamplin College
  • Virginia Recount Tie Vote: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
  • First Look: Virginia Beach’s Cavalier Hotel
  • Virginia man, 80, charged with first-degree murder after killing neighbor in property dispute: authorities
  • Our High Yield REIT Portfolio Seeking Maximum Total Returns
  • Despite controversy, supporters back brash Trump talk
  • DC-based CoStar brings hundreds of new jobs to Virginia
  • Virginia ends year with nearly $600K surplus
  • Berkshire Hathaway allies with Charleston real estate firm
  • University of Virginia's entrenched fraternity culture reaches crossroads
  • Tishman joins construction team for $500M VA 'smart city' project
  • Tuesday is last chance to register to vote in November election
  • Freddie Mac planning appraisal-free mortgages
  • PRP Completes Acquisition of Two Office Buildings Totaling 420,000 SF in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Lynchburg-area housing market shows some signs of improvement
  • Reston Real Estate: Find Your Polling Place, and Vote
  • Virginia Business wins eight journalism awards