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Facebook Picks Iowa for Data Center

Facebook Picks Iowa for Data Center

By Carrie Murphy. CREATED Apr 23, 2013


Des Moines, IA - Status update from Facebook: Building new data center in Iowa.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday that Facebook will build a data center in Altoona. The company plans to invest nearly $300 million in the project. Facebook will have a staff of 31 at the center. 

“Today’s announcement further solidifies Iowa’s position as a destination for tech companies, from major data center operations like Facebook’s to the innovative start-ups we continue to see popping up around our state,” said Gov. Branstad. “Our productive workforce and our overall cost of doing business help us to win great projects like this.” 

The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved $18 million in tax benefits to Facebook. The city of Altoona also approved incentives to win the Facebook project.  

“We’re thrilled to become a part of the Altoona community, and especially appreciative of all the partners who helped make this project happen,” said Facebook Vice-President Jay Parikh. “Facebook’s mission is to connect the world. Thanks to Iowa, we’re building the global infrastructure to bring the next billion people online.” 

The 194-acre site could accommodate up to two additional data center buildings that may be built in future phases of the project.

The company evaluated several other sites, including Kearney, Nebraska. 

Google also announced Tuesday it will expand its data center in Council Bluffs, investing an additional $400 million at the center.