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April 21, 2014

Microsoft data center in Iowa will cost $1.1B

  • The state's central location makes it a data center hot spot: Google plans to expand its Iowa data center and Facebook is building one that should open early next year.
    Associated Press

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — 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.

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