Media Advisory – Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and Senate Finance Committee Plan Tour of Iron Mountain Data Center

BOYERS – Chaired by State Senator John Yudichak (I-14), the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee is joining the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday for a tour of the Iron Mountain Data Center in Butler County.

Yudichak is linking forces with Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21), chair of the Finance Committee, who championed legislation to attract large-scale data center development and jobs to Pennsylvania.

Data Centers, such as Iron Mountain, are expected to benefit from a sales and use tax exclusion – implemented as part of the Tax Code (House Bill 952) – that was adopted as part of the state’s budget.

“Neighboring states, such as Virginia, have created tens of thousands of jobs and leveraged billions in private investment, as a result of data centers,” explained Yudichak. “We have been lagging in recruiting technology corporations to Pennsylvania – it is critical that they have confidence in our technology infrastructure.”

“The strength and resiliency of our technology infrastructure directly impacts our ability to compete for 21st century technology jobs and to attract the world’s technology giants to Pennsylvania,” concluded Yudichak.

After being named committee chair earlier this year, Yudichak hosted statewide hearings to highlight the need for tax and economic incentives to build out Pennsylvania’s technology infrastructure and create jobs.

As part of those hearings, the committee learned that Pennsylvania was not successfully competing for technology jobs and failed to secure a single enterprise data center in the last decade.

WHAT: The Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and the Senate Finance Committee are touring the Iron Mountain Data Center in Butler County.

WHEN: 9:00 am., Thursday, Sept. 9th.

WHERE: Iron Mountain Data Center, 1137 Branchton Road, Boyers, PA 16020.

The tour is not open to the press, although on-side media interviews are available by request. 

CONTACT: Scot Pitzer – Executive Director; spitzer@pasen.gov.