President Joe Biden’s Visit to Chicago on Wednesday Includes Elk Grove Technology Park


President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the construction site of the $123 million Microsoft data center campus in Elk Grove Village in the Elk Grove Technology Park between Higgins Road and Oakton Street west of Lively Boulevard. The president’s remarks are scheduled to begin at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Construction for the Microsoft Data Center began in February 2021 on a 37-acre plot. The Elk Grove Technology Park is also home to a T5 Data Centers facility with 164,000 square feet of space and a ceiling clearance of 33 feet. The T5 Data Center includes a capability of 27.6 MW of critical IT power load. The technology park has its own ComEd substation at the site of a former Elk Grove Village fire station, and is near a large ComEd transmission line that already existed.

Internet services such as Amazon, Apple iCloud, Facebook, Netflix, Spotify and Twitter use data centers scattered around the world to provide “always on” storage and fast delivery of data for on-demand movies, music and other information services for businesses and consumers. Racks of servers are placed in large, clean warehouse buildings with reliable power, security and HVAC conditions.

Last Thursday, September 23, 2021 the White House announced that Joe Biden would be visiting Chicago on Wednesday to “highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccine requirements for businesses.” However, Elk Grove Village was not initially mentioned as part of the president’s itinerary in Chicago.

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, Biden ordered that all federal workers and contractors get vaccinated, and that private employers with 100 or more employees require workers to be vaccinated or be tested weekly. Employers must also provide paid time off for vaccination appointments. The order is not yet in effect, and OSHA will be overseeing the mandates.

President Joe Biden also visited Illinois at McHenry County College on July 7, 2021, delivering remarks on infrastructure, an American Jobs Plan, and the American Families Plan.

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