Success Stories

Brownfields agreements completed to date have resulted in more than $25 billion in committed private investment in the redevelopment of brownfields properties. Click on the project names to get summaries of the projects and public benefits that have occurred on land that would otherwise have remained abandoned:

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Andale Facebook Data Center Project #14036-10-081

Forest City, Rutherford County

Located in Western North Carolina outside the small town of Forest City is a Facebook Data Storage Center - one of the few located in the country - that is made even more unique by the fact that it is a Brownfields Site. Sprawled across 140 acres, the Facebook Data Center occupies a site that was previously used by Burlington Industries as a textile facility from the 1970s through 1990s and then by Tracker Marine for boat manufacturing in the 2000s. When Tracker Marine closed its doors in 2008, the site became vacant and the historic contamination rendered it unattractive to potential purchasers. Through a Brownfields Agreement in 2012, the property was redeveloped into a state-of-the-art data center that houses thousands of servers and brought hundreds of IT and construction jobs to the Forest City area. Facebook is now the single largest tax revenue source for Rutherford County accounting for approximately 14% of the county’s revenue.