JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The chamber of commerce in Jackson Co. says the name change is directly tied to the new Google Data Center, which help put them on the map.
"When that announcement was made, people all over the world searched for Jackson County, Alabama." said chamber president Rick Roden. He says landing Google is a game changer for the county.
To get an idea about what kind of job growth they might see when Google opens up, they researched what happened to Lenior, North Carolina, which is similar in size to this area, after a Google Data Center opened there.
"What follows Google is other data centers. Every place that they put a data center, other data centers have followed. Up in Lenior, the Apple Data Center was right down the road from the Google Data Center. That's what we want to do." said Roden, who believes they are focusing on assets while setting goals to become known for something entirely new.
Roden says they are changing the name to better fit Jackson County's location in Alabama, saying "You get into south Alabama and there are no mountains and then we're on the largest lake. So, it's a rebranding effort to make people understand what our assets are."
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