Last train to Clarksville stops at new data center

Homeland Security Department officials and the vendors involved in the planning for construction of the second federal homeland security data center, have been especially secretive about the likely location of the facility.

Vendors have refused to tell outsiders the new facility's site, citing security concerns.

But one indicator of the likely site for the new data center surfaced in the pages of the Triangle Business Journal, a newspaper in Raleigh, N.C.

Business sources in the Raleigh-Durham area said that Computer Sciences, the losing bidder for the second DHS data center, had invested and lost millions in early-stage demolition and construction that would have cleared the way for the facility to be built on the site of a former Environmental Protection Agency building in Research Triangle Park. One source said the loss of the prospective DHS data center was a significant business loss for the region.

CSC executives did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.

The Journal cited local realtors who said Clarksville, Va., in the southern reaches of the Old Dominion, was under consideration earlier this year as an alternate site for the facility, which likely would employ 200 professionals.

EDS already is recruiting for more than a dozen openings for computer specialists in Clarksville. The jobs include five openings for infrastructure analysts to help plan the installation and one slot for an infrastructure specialist who will have similar responsibilities. There are five more job openings for senior computer operators to keep the systems running. Finally, EDS seeks an administrative assistant to take care of financial, personnel and meeting management tasks, among others.


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