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Facebook Data Center Honored with Vandergriff Award

Posted on: 10/23/2020

FORT WORTH, TX - The Facebook Data Center was honored with the annual Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s Vandergriff Award at the Chamber’s 10th Annual State of the County on October 23. The State of the County event took place virtually on Hopin due to current recommendations on in-person events.

“Facebook has been part of the Fort Worth community since 2015 when they broke ground on their 2.5 million square foot data center,” said Chamber President and CEO Brandom Gengelbach. “We’ve developed a strong partnership and launched several initiatives benefitting the local business community together.  We are so grateful for their continued support of the Fort Worth region.”

The Chamber’s annual Vandergriff Award, established in 2011 in memory of the late Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff, honors a legacy individual or organization whose contributions positively impact Tarrant County on a national scale. Past recipients include General Motors, Van Cliburn, Hillwood, Sundance Square, Texas Rangers, and UNTHSC / TCU M.D. School.

“Our thanks goes to the Fort Worth Chamber and Judge Glen Whitley for this incredible honor. Facebook has been a part of Tarrant County since 2015, when we broke ground on our data center here. We love this community, and we’re committed to building strong partnerships and investing in its long-term vitality,” said Holli Davies, Community Development Regional Manager at Facebook. “We are especially appreciative of the Fort Worth Chamber and the other members of Protect the Fort for all they have done to help local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses are the heart of our community and essential to the local economy, and Facebook is proud to have sponsored this vital program.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on Fort Worth’s small business community, Gengelbach said, but he pointed to several initiatives as unique examples of Facebook Data Center’s commitment to Fort Worth:

The Vandergriff Award is presented by Simmons Bank.


About the Vandergriff Award

Established in 2011 in memory of the late Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff, the award recognizes an individual, company, organization or event that has positively impacted Tarrant County. Past recipients are General Motors, Van Cliburn, Sundance Square, Hillwood and Cassco Development Company.



The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, with 1,700 member businesses, is one of the largest chambers in the North Texas region. Through its core functions of business attraction and retention, talent development, small business and entrepreneur support, and government advocacy, the Chamber’s vision is to drive the Fort Worth region to be the most thriving, inviting community for all. Contact the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce at (817) 336-2491 or visit

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