Prineville's mayor, Betty Roppe, sees the data center boom in a more favorable light, pointing out that before the data centers were built in Prineville, the unemployment rate was one of the highest in the state. It's down to about 14 percent now, which is still high, but she expects even more jobs to come out of Facebook and Apple's data centers. Currently Facebook estimates about 60 people work full time at its data center, not accounting for the influx of construction workers.
"It's given the community a real sort of optimism and we're just tickled pink to have [Facebook]," Roppe said. She hasn't heard any concerns about back-up-generator diesel exhaust or other environmental issues.
Jim Hemberry, Quincy's mayor, declined to comment on the environmental complaints leveled at some data centers by Martin and her supporters, but says the data centers have brought significantly more money to the city in property taxes.
"Prior to the first data centers being built, Quincy had an assessed value of $265 million. Now we are at $1.1 billion," he said.