Originally posted to Data Center POST

At a press conference that took place on July 9, in Birmingham, Alabama, Jeff Uphues, Chief Executive Officer of DC BLOX, narrated a journey that began on a rainy August night when he and his colleagues stood before a worn and faded sign and a locked gate. ‘For Sale – Redevelopment Site – 27 acres,’ the sign read.

Only 11 months later, standing on the same property, Mr. Uphues and DC BLOX announced its plans to build a new data center campus in Birmingham on what was once the site of Trinity Steel. Intended to be DC BLOX’s flagship facility, once completed it will be capable of scaling to more than 200,000 square feet of secure, government-grade data center space. As part of a technology and innovation center that will drive the connected digital economy not only in Birmingham but across all of Alabama, the development project has the potential to become a $785 million investment over the next decade, attracting top-tier companies to the DC BLOX data center and boosting economic growth throughout the region.

What emerged as Mr. Uphues spoke from the dais to an audience of city and state government leaders, project stakeholders, business stewards, local citizens and the media is a story of shared commitment to transform a brownfield site into a nexus for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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