With one state incentive already in hand, Bluemile may be in line for another to support its move to New Albany.

With one state incentive already in hand, Bluemile may be in line for another to support its move to New Albany.

The central Ohio technology company is awaiting word from the state on a $105,000 Rapid Outreach Grant, which should be reviewed by the state's controlling board Nov. 8, said community development director Jennifer Chrysler. It already received approval Oct. 25 for a 55-percent job-creation tax credit through the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, according to Bethany McCorkle, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Development.

The Rapid Outreach Grant is for "on- or off-site infrastructure improvements, including water, sewer, road and rail improvements," according to the Ohio Department of Development's website.

The job-creation tax credit is a refundable credit, which means the company will pay all of its income taxes and be refunded 55 percent annually for the term of the incentive, McCorkle said.

Bluemile would receive the credit for six years "as a result of the company's relocation to New Albany," according to information from the state. The state is estimating the value of the credit at $518,000 and the incentive requires the company to maintain operations in New Albany for nine years.

The company, which provides "wholesale voice, colocation and data technology solutions" to its customers, according to its website, is close to moving its corporate headquarters from downtown Columbus into the final 23,000 square feet of space available in the Waters Edge building at 7775 Walton Parkway.

Bluemile operates a nationwide fiber network and already partners with New Albany and Gahanna to provide fiber options for businesses.

New Albany Village Council approved local incentives for the company Oct. 19. Bluemile had asked the village of New Albany to use funds already allocated for maintenance of the village's fiber network to build lateral lines from the network to local businesses in lieu of other incentive packages.

Chrysler said any money not used for fiber maintenance in the past was put back into the village's general fund. The amount for maintenance varies from year to year, she said, and this year $25,000 was placed in the fund. The village is expected to use $6,250 of the $25,000 and the return the rest to the general fund.

"These incentives will benefit the community, not just them," Chrysler said.

Bluemile will maintain a data center in Columbus, said Stawn Kaufman, media relations coordinator for Bluemile.

"The Columbus data center will remain open and fully functional," Kaufman said. "All Columbus-held employees will move to New Albany except for our data center operating staff and select engineers/managers. This is approximately 24 employees. We do have other employees that are not local who will remain unaffected by the move."

Bluemile's move to New Albany is an $8.9-million investment anticipated to create 105 jobs and retain 27 positions, according to information from the state.

Chrysler said within three years, the company's payroll could be at 96 employees, providing $192,000 in income-tax revenue annually. Chrysler said $67,200 would go to the New Albany-Plain Local School District; $67,200 would go to the village; and the rest, $57,600, would go to the New Albany Community Authority taxing district.