Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has been awarded two state grants totaling $290,000 to help build a 175,000-square-foot mission critical facility in New Albany.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has been awarded two state grants totaling $290,000 to help build a 175,000-square-foot mission critical facility in New Albany.

On Aug. 24, Sen. David Goodman (R-New Albany) one of six legislative members of the state controlling board announced that Nationwide would receive "a $140,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the purchase of computer servers, network wiring and storage equipment." According to Goodman's office, Nationwide is spending $55-million on other equipment and machinery.

The rest of the money, $150,000, will go to the village as a roadwork development grant. Goodman's office said the money would be used to "construct Souder Road and improve the intersection of state Route 605 and New Albany Road East. Handicap-accessible ramps and striping will also be installed." The village is expected to contribute $268,670 to the project.

Jennifer Chrysler, New Albany community development director, said the project is expected to create 40 new jobs in the village. The data center is being built in the village's research and information district, which includes "professional office, research and technology-related uses," she said.

The village is adding 350,000 square feet to the district in the next year. Projects include the Motorist Insurance Group's 18,000-square-foot data center that is expected to create 14 jobs; the TJX Cos. Inc.'s 60,000-square-foot corporate technology center that is expected to create 28 new jobs; and PharmaForce recently purchased by Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, an international company which is building a 78,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, production and research facility that is expected to create 200 new jobs.

The research and information district provides 65-percent tax abatements for between 10 and 15 years.

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