Governor signs MacGregor data center legislation

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Peter MacGregor to help create jobs and increase business investment in the state by providing sales tax and use tax exemptions for data centers was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday.

“In our increasingly interconnected world, the storage and security of digital data is critically important,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “With these new laws, Michigan will play a vital role in this growing industry, which will help our economy, create jobs and retain and attract talented professionals to our state.”

Senate Bills 616 and 617, now Public Acts 251 and 252 of 2015, were key to finalizing a plan by Switch, a Nevada-based company, to build a two-million-square-foot Kent County data center — called Supernap Michigan. Existing data centers and those looking to locate in Michigan are eligible for the exemptions as well.

The laws go in to effect immediately.