Member Spotlight: Facebook

Starting as an app in 2004 used primarily for status updates and reconnecting with friends, Facebook, one of the newest members of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, now offers a range of services that continue to connect people with friends and family as well as help people promote and grow their businesses, express themselves and discover what is happening in the world. Facebook has over 43,000 employees and offices ranging across the globe with their headquarters in Menlo Park, California. However, one of those offices is right here in Ohio.

Facebook joined the Ohio community in 2017 with the groundbreaking of their data center in New Albany. The 1.5 million square foot campus represents an investment of more than $750 million. The construction of the center supports more than 1,200 jobs, and once the facility is complete, it will support more than 100 jobs. The data center is part of Facebook’s advanced infrastructure that brings Facebook apps and services to over 2 billion people around the world.

Facebook’s investment in Ohio doesn’t end there. Through their membership in the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, they hope to engage and invest in the long-term vitality of the Ohio community.

“We at Facebook see great value in our relationship with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce,” said Lisa Harris, director, state policy at Facebook. “The chamber’s work to ensure businesses have what they need to operate effectively in Ohio is what makes them an invaluable resource to companies across the state.”

Facebook is also making steps of their own to help businesses in the community, and one way they’re helping is through Boost with Facebook: a program that offers tools and training programs to empower small businesses. The tools and resources equip people with the digital skills and knowledge to grow their business and compete in the digital economy.

Another program Facebook launched is their Community Action Grants program which provides grants to schools and non-profits in the area.

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