HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

83

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

urging microsoft to consider building a data center in hawaii.

 

 

 


WHEREAS, Microsoft has made numerous investments to people, organizations, and the planet and has also demonstrated its deep commitment to the State; and

 

WHEREAS, Microsoft employs more than sixty-five employees throughout the State, who in turn have engaged in two hundred eighty-four hours of volunteer work; and

 

WHEREAS, six hundred sixty-three nonprofits in the State have received cash and in-kind donations from Microsoft; and

 

WHEREAS, Microsoft has demonstrated its commitment to workforce development and cybersecurity in the State via a grant to Hawaii Community College from Microsoft and the American Association of Community Colleges' Cyber Skills for All Initiative, which helps fund and provide technical assistance to community colleges to accelerate their cybersecurity programs; and

 

WHEREAS, this initiative is part of Microsoft's national campaign to help community colleges work to train and recruit people for jobs in the cybersecurity workforce, with a goal of two hundred fifty thousand cybersecurity workers by 2025, representing half of the country's workforce shortage; and

 

WHEREAS, Microsoft has also established several local partnerships in Hawaii; and

 

WHEREAS, for example, with support from a Microsoft grant, Goodwill is equipping job seekers and career advancers with digital skills aligned with in-demand occupations needed for post-pandemic employment, including job seekers learning in the top three levels of digital skills training: productivity software, entry level digital skills, and mid-level and occupation specific digital skills; and

 

WHEREAS, Microsoft also has an official Digital Alliance partnership in the State, which focuses on STEM and computer science for youth and covers, and a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii focused on entrepreneurs, small businesses, and education; and

 

WHEREAS, Microsoft is also committed to improving broadband access in the State through its Airband Initiative, which advances digital equity access to affordable internet, affordable devices, and digital skills as a platform for empowerment and digital transformation; and

 

WHEREAS, because environmental issues are also increasingly affecting living conditions and economies throughout the globe, Microsoft has made a commitment to be carbon negative by 2030, water positive by 2030, zero waste by 2030, and protect ecosystems by developing a Planetary Computer; and

 

WHEREAS, additionally, through new digital tools Microsoft can assist in decarbonizing operations and infrastructure, which was the modification behind the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability; and

 

WHEREAS, two seismic shifts in society are happening at the same time: the digitization of nearly everything, in what some call the fourth industrial revolution, and a move toward renewable energy driven by the climate crisis and other world events; and

 

WHEREAS, at the confluence of these movements are thousands of datacenters operating around the clock to support a wide spectrum of critical services; and

 

WHEREAS, data centers are facilities that centralize an organization's information technology operations and equipment for the purposes of storing, processing, and disseminating data and applications; and

 

WHEREAS, according to a 2017 report released by the United States Chamber Technology Engagement Center, the average data center adds $32,500,000 in economic activity to its local community each year; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2021, Microsoft announced plans to build fifty to one hundred new data centers across the globe each year; and

 

WHEREAS, establishing a Microsoft data system in Hawaii would have a positive impact on the State's economy and would further Microsoft's longstanding commitment to the State; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Thirty-second Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2023, the Senate concurring, that Microsoft is urged to consider building a data center in Hawaii; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft and Vice President of Global Data Center Construction at Microsoft.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Microsoft; Data Centers