Oregon's data center industry flourishes

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Relatively low power rates and favorable tax advantages are helping Oregon's data center industry flourish.

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/H0WysC) reports Apple and online retailer Amazon are among companies building or expanding facilities. The Bonneville Power Administration has accelerated plans to upgrade Central Oregon's power supply.

The industry in the state began in 2006 when Google built a major data facility in The Dalles.

Facebook last year opened a company-owned server farm in Prineville and Amazon opened a data center near Boardman.

Apple has purchased 160 acres from Crook County and last month confirmed plans for a Prineville data center.

Amazon this month began construction of a second, 120,000-square-foot data center in Morrow County.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com