Data Centers

A Global Hub for Data

A unique set of conditions – including access to renewable energy, an extensive fiber network, a strong local workforce, and a low risk of natural disasters – make DuPage a premier choice for building and expanding data facilities.

Meanwhile, due in part to new state and local tax incentives, a recent industry report ranks the Chicagoland region among the top two markets for data centers globally.

 

Industry Overview

Total Jobs

1,789

Average Earnings

$154k

Industry Growth (5-year history)

3.4%

 

INDUSTRY RANKINGS

Illinois is ranked #2 in the United States

Chicagoland Region is ranked #2 metro in the United States

 

Industry Strengths & Resources

State and local tax incentives

Due to 2019 legislation, qualifying Illinois data centers are exempt from paying state and local taxes on equipment over a 10-year period. Meanwhile, the same legislation provides a tax credit of 20% of wages paid to construction workers for projects located in underserved areas.

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Access to affordable, reliable and renewable energy

Ranked among the top 10% of energy companies in the nation for performance reliability, ComEd provides highly reliable energy for DuPage customers at a rate that is among the most competitive in the U.S.

In addition, Illinois has the sixth-lowest electricity-generated carbon emissions in the country. Businesses here can obtain 100% renewable energy options through the competitive supply market, helping them reach their sustainability goals.

Facilities in Illinois can also benefit from the region’s relatively cool climate. During colder months, companies can pump outside air into the facility, enabling them to cut back on energy usage. 

An extensive fiber network

DuPage has a robust utilities infrastructure. New data centers can plug into the region’s extensive fiber-optic network, minimizing the time and cost of construction.

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Access to a massive talent pool

Businesses can draw from the large, diverse talent pool both within DuPage and the entire Chicagoland region. For Chicago residents, am extensive public transportation system makes it easy to commute to and from DuPage. 

Access to a highly skilled and diverse construction workforce

The DuPage region is home to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 701 and the DuPage JATC, a joint apprenticeship training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the IBEW.

Through this collaboration, professionals learn the latest construction techniques in state-of-the-art training environments, equipping them with the skills needed to build and expand data centers.

A minimal risk of natural disasters

Centrally located in Northeastern Illinois, DuPage has a minimal risk of natural disasters or negative climate-related impacts.

 


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