The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Northern Kentucky Tri-ED) and Perot Systems Corporation recently announced the company's further expansion in Kentucky with the development of a consolidated data center in Florence. "Attracting technology companies to Kentucky has been a key goal in my effort to improve the economy and expand employment opportunities in the commonwealth," said Gov. Ernie Fletcher. "Perot Systems is a dynamic, expanding technology company and we welcome them to Kentucky."
Perot Systems' data center in Florence will expand upon the region's efforts to attract businesses in the technology sector. It will occupy 24,000 square feet of space, that will include 20,000 square feet of raised access flooring. The center will have fully redundant UPS systems, backup generators and the ability to support the latest new server technology. It will be modular and expandable.
"We are very proud to expand our Kentucky presence and locate a new premier data center in Florence for many reasons, including the region's growing support of the technology industry and the rich talent pool of career professionals in the area," said Mike McClaskey, Perot Systems Corporation vice president, CIO and head of the company's global infrastructure solution organization. "Our Florence data center will enable us to not only provide top quality services to Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, but also serve as a critical part of Perot Systems' worldwide backbone network connecting this center to our other premier data centers." Perot Systems received approval for up to $500,000 in tax incentives under the Kentucky Jobs Development Act by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Sept. 28, 2006.
Diane Whalen, mayor of Florence, said, "Perot Systems will become part of the exciting, dynamic business environment we are fostering in Boone County. This is another example of Northern Kentucky's success in drawing growing, successful companies to the region."
Perot Systems will join two local Fortune 500 companies with data center operations in Northern Kentucky. Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions supports those locations and will provide its expertise to Perot Systems as well. "Northern Kentucky is an ideal location for technology companies," said Dan Tobergte, President & CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. "Tri-ED and our strategic partners, including Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, Duke Energy and Owen Electric, have established the infrastructure high growth technology companies need. Perot Systems is a perfect fit to take advantage of that existing infrastructure and add to our region's critical mass in the technology services space."
An additional partner in the effort to attract technology companies to the area is Northern Kentucky University (NKU); Tri-ED is working with the College of Informatics to assure that a talented, skilled and available workforce is and will be accessible to Northern Kentucky's prospective and current employers. NKU is one of 12 colleges and universities within a 100 mile radius of the tri-county region in Northern Kentucky. Tobergte added, "Our job at Tri-ED is to not only attract new businesses to the area but to make sure they grow and expand in the area. One of the ways we can achieve business retention is by working with NKU and other educational institutions to ensure a highly skilled workforce is available to meet the demands of employers in the area."
About Northern Kentucky Tri-ED
Founded in 1987, The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Northern Kentucky Tri-ED) serves as the primary economic development marketing agency for Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties in Northern Kentucky. For more information, visit http://www.northernkentuckyusa.com/.