Switch it up
Round Rock reached an agreement with Las Vegas-based data center provider, Switch.
The Round Rock City Council recently reached an agreement with Las Vegas-based data center provider, Switch, Inc., regarding its new facility currently under construction next to the Dell Technologies headquarters. In a December 15 release, the council announced unanimous 7-0 approval of a Chapter 380 economic program agreement with Switch to include at least $80 million in city improvements by the end of 2026.
Built on land purchased from Dell Technologies located east of South Mays Street and north of Dell Way, the new data center will be a minimum of 150,000 square feet and will add over 100 new jobs. According to the release, Switch announced plans for the data center campus in June 2021, anticipating that the facility and its customers will expend approximately $250 million in improvements to real property, additions to personal property, and customer equipment acquisitions in Round Rock in the coming years.
“Switch has been a dedicated community partner and will significantly contribute to Central Texas’ growing technology and innovation ecosystem,” said Jordan Robinson, President and CEO of the Round Rock Chamber, in the release. “We look forward to continuing to work with Switch as it grows and expands in our community.”
This new agreement requires Switch to invest at least $80 million in improvements to real property and additions to personal property within the city by the end of 2026. In return, the company will receive economic incentive payments (based on 50 percent of the city’s one-cent sales and use tax revenue received from activity generated by Switch), calculated on a quarterly basis through the end of the agreement in 2037.
The release further outlines that $80 million in taxable sales and purchases attributed to Switch would generate $1.2 million in net revenues to the City of Round Rock and $4.8 million to the state of Texas, under the agreement.
“Switch has found a great home here in Round Rock to provide world-renowned data centers and technology solutions,” said Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan. “This agreement offers them the opportunity to take their performance to the next level while generating a considerable amount of use tax revenues that will benefit our residents for years to come.”
For more detailed information about the agreement, read the full release on the City of Round Rock website.
The Most Ambiguous Time of the Year
Tradition is what makes some of the best Christmas movies, but sometimes it’s refreshing to do things a little differently. With this in mind, Austin Film Society (AFS) has compiled a three-part series for Austinites looking for something to do on some of December’s busiest days: it offers some Christmastime movies that don’t usually make the holiday cut, with all the nostalgia of their rightful places in classic film history.
AFS reprises its “Home For The Holidays” film series on the following dates:
The longest run of all three films, spanning the whole series, goes to The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, a visually playful musical notable for its continual recitative — that is, the characters always sing instead of speaking, and never break into a showstopping, singalong-ready number. This 1964 musical ends in December of the prior year, on Christmas Eve.
The oldest film of the bunch, made in 1934, is the most explicitly Christmas-themed. The Thin Man follows a couple’s Christmas trip to New York as it turns into an unexpected murder mystery. This masterpiece transcended its Christmas-film status as one of the best early comedies, regardless of the season.
For those sitting out or recovering from the Christmas madness, Eyes Wide Shut may provide a soothing-if-scathing anti-consumerist salve. A dark comedy by Stanley Kubrick, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, this more recent classic also has an edge, and Christmas is presented more as an obligation and an overarching tone than something to celebrate.
Aside from the riddle of what these December movies share, they all provide lots of layers of light and dark; a singing romance during wartime, a silly murder mystery, and a juxtaposition of a religious tradition and a secret society. That’s what the winter solstice is all about.
All screenings take place at the AFS Cinema, at 6406 N I-35 Suite 3100. AFS is screening a number of other films outside its holiday series during the same time frame. Tickets (starting at $11) are available at austinfilm.org.