Tiffany Walden of Eagle Mountain is one of Utah’s foremost business owners. As the daughter of Eagle Mountain's co-founder, John Walden, as well as the owner of Tiffany Homes, Tiffany Walden is used to making good things happen.
One of her latest big plays was bringing Facebook's newest data center to town, a move that promised to bring along many jobs and a mega boost to the economy.
The bustling city of Eagle Mountain has been home to the newest data center for Facebook operations for more than a year. The center officially opened in 2021. Located within the Sweetwater Industrial Park, the data center is enormous, with the final product measuring a whopping 970,000 square feet.
The center's power comes from net-new renewable energy, made possible by taking advantage of Rocky Mountain Power's renewable energy tariffs.
What exactly goes on in there? Meta, the company that owns Facebook and several other big-name companies, opened its doors to the public for walking tours so the residents of Utah could find out just that.
The data center acts as a command post for all content users post, upload, and send with any of the company's apps, including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
Although many groups and individuals had a hand in bringing the data center to fruition, the most significant was Tiffany Walden.
Knowing that an enormous data center would provide numerous jobs for the city's residents, Walden, an experienced real estate business owner, fought to bring the operation to her city. Several other places were considered for the future site of the data center, which caused a bidding war between officials in their respective cities.
Tiffany Walden knew that Eagle Mountain was the ideal location for a data center and had been trying for years to convince a big company to take up shop there. Being the third-largest city in all of Utah, Eagle Mountain is the perfect place for a data center, which requires an enormous amount of space but can only employ a few people.
Walden fought hard, and in the end, Facebook headed to Eagle Mountain. The announcement was made in May 2018. Facebook's vice president, Rachel Peterson, who specializes in data center strategy, explained that the decision was due to many reasons.
One of those reasons was "a great set of partners." Throughout the entire process of finding land, encouraging the purchase, planning, zoning and rezoning, amending, and more, Walden did not rest until the project was well underway.
Not surprisingly, her efforts paid off yet again. The data center created more than 1,000 temporary jobs in construction during the long building process, which continued while many other businesses shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also brought more than 200 long-term positions in operations, along with the significant economic boost residents hoped for.