Letter to Amazon Exec Jeff Bezos
On Monday Senator Dick Black and I sent a letter via email and fax to Amazon.com President, Jeff Bezos, asking him to reconsider the location of his data center in Haymarket, Virginia. The current location is in rural crescent area of Prince William County and will require Dominion Power to build a Transmission Power line through neighborhoods in the Haymarket area.
As a result we have asked Mr. Bezos to work with Prince William County to find an alternative location like the Innovation @ Prince William site which already has the necessary power infrastructure for data centers. Alternately, if they want to stay at their current location we have asked them to work with Dominion Power to ensure that the proposed underground line along I-66 is the route chosen for the necessary power supply.
In addition, I have requested legislation to require that in the future data centers like this are built only in areas where there is existing infrastructure to keep something like this from occurring again.
I am strongly in support of businesses like Amazon locating in Virginia but we need to ensure that we also protect the property values and quality of life of our citizens.
Delegate Bob Marshall
The Innovation @ Prince William technology park has largely been a bust to date, but it would be an ideal location for something along the lines of the Amazon data center which would in turn bring in more high-profile companies with good paying jobs.