Data Centers


The Winston-Salem region was ranked #4 for cost effective Data Centers by the Boyd Company.

Advantages for Data Centers

*Low electricity costs – approximately 5.24 cents/kwh, with incentive riders available for major data center users

*Extremely low incidence of natural disasters

*Redundant power feeds and fiber connectivity throughout region

*Favorable legislative environment:

*certain data center facilities exempt from sales and use tax

*pending legislation would also make large purchases of machinery and equipment by large data centers exempt from sales and use tax

*Average wages for computer related occupations in the Triad is significantly less than the national averages

Annual Average Wage


Piedmont Triad

United States

Computer Systems Analysts

$88,300 $92,700

Computer Programmers

$79,000 $87,500

Database Administrators

$78,900 $89,100

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$83,100 $86,300

Computer Support Specialists

$51,300 $57,300

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$134,800 $149,700

Banking & Financial Services: A Comparative Cost Analysis for Information Assurance Operations

Boyd Company Study on Data Center Costs

Significant Triad Data Centers

Lowe’s  – Opened in 2005, receiving about $3.8 million in local and state incentives

The Clearing House Payments – Opened in 2007 and eligible for about $900,000 in local and state incentives

Wells Fargo – Operates a former Wachovia data center with approximately 1,000 employees

Ralph Lauren – Chose in 2007 to locate a data center in High Point along with its distribution operations for; turned down incentives

DataChambers – Has 120,000 square feet of data center and disaster recovery space

American Express – Announced in 2010 it would open two data centers totaling 500,000 square feet in Guilford County; did not pursue incentives package estimated at $13 million