Facebook data center provides jobs and boosts local economy
Facebook’s Ken Patchett showed up in Prineville, Oregon to run the company’s new-age data center, and Steve Forrester recognized him right away.
Forrester, Prineville’s city manager, is a fourth-generation Oregonian and about as far removed from a Silicon Valley insider as you can get.
But he remembered the Facebook man from a meeting years earlier, when Patchett sold him a wood chipper while working for an outfit that manufactured forest equipment. “It blew my mind,” Forrester says. “We actually have a lot in common.”