Officials announce plan for Microsoft data center in West Des Moines [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]
(Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WEST DES MOINES - Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, state and local officials announced Friday, bringing the company's total investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion, the largest in the state to date.
Gov. Terry Branstad joined with local officials to announce Microsoft's so-called "Project Alluvion," which is expected to total more than $1.1 billion and create more than 80 full-time jobs. West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer said construction will happen over the next four or five years.
A data center completed in 2010 resulted in about a $900 million investment from the company.
"The efforts that we put in developing a relationship with Microsoft has really led to today's announcement and the significant investment in our community in central Iowa and in our state," said Clyde Evans, West Des Moines'director of community and economic development.
The area surrounding the new center will undergo infrastructure upgrades - including improvements to nearby roads and water and sewer lines - in an effort to prep the 2,000-to-3,000-acre space for other potential industrial, commercial and residential opportunities.
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