Undersea cables will link city to three continents
Stumping for a seat on Virginia Beach City Council in 2014, Ben Davenport drew puzzled looks when he talked about making the city a hub for the burgeoning data-center industry.
“At town hall meetings, I said the city needed to attract data centers and become a technological ecosystem,” Davenport recalls. “People looked at me like I was crazy.”
Nonetheless, Davenport won the election and became chair of Hampton Roads’ first broadband taskforce. The group has been cataloging the region’s tech assets and exploring opportunities. Now a candidate for mayor of Virginia Beach, Davenport is touting the city’s ascension as a digital port.