facebookBefore committing to opening a data center in Fort Worth, Facebook checked the city’s LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance. Passed in 2000, it was the first of its kind in the state.

According to an editorial in the Star Telegram:

City officials told the Star-Telegram Facebook executives studied the city’s ordinances before announcing a new $1 billion data center investment here last week.

Awareness of LGBT rights has jumped dramatically. Fort Worth can be proud that it helped lead the way.

The data center will be built on a 110-acre site near I-35W in North Fort Worth. It will open with 250,000 square feet of space and is expected to triple in size. Although Facebook is expected to be worth $21 million in new taxes to Fort Worth over 10 years, the facility will open with only 40 employees. Facebook said more may be added later.