The Google SEZ at Jack Trice Stadium.
Can't we just elect Google President and get it over with? Or at least Governor of Iowa.
There are a lot of pieces to playing in this market that are outside of anything Google has done to date, so much like any new venture, I think there were complexities they didn't foresee that are driving a lot of the delays. Google has been very complimentary of the local government to date, and has even cited the unified city/county government in KCK as being one of the drivers for choosing to build here.
I for one, welcome our new Google overlords.
If they go with the corporately-sponsored city of Googletucky, will they have Robocop policing the town?
I assume the big announcement is the wind farm that was announced today?
State officials and Google are also planning a news conference Friday.The news conference is expected to announce new details of Google's continued investment in Iowa and Google's Council Bluffs data center.
The event is planned Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the State Capitol's Robert D. Ray Conference Room.
News today was of further data center expansion in Council Bluffs. The article says no state incentives were involved on this expansion (though I know there were before).
So people will have to wait as to what everyone here would want to see locally in the near future.
Good news, indeed, though.
Google to expand Iowa data center
1 hour ago • Mike Wiser, Times Bureau(0) Comments
DES MOINES – Officials from Google announced Friday a $200 million expansion of its data center in Council Bluffs, bringing the company’s total investment in the state to $1.1 billion.
Speaking at a Friday afternoon news conference, data center manager Chris Russell said construction is already under way for the expansion, which should be completed by 2014.
The tech giant has an existing $600 million data center it announced in 2007 and opened in 2009. In April, Google said it would build a $300 million data center just south the existing campus, where it has 1,000 acres. Then came the announcement of the $200 million addition.
Russell said the expansion would nearly double the company’s footprint in Council Bluffs. He didn’t know how many jobs the expansion would ultimately bring but said they would range from tech jobs to food service to construction. He also indicated the company was looking at other locations for the expansion but he didn’t want to name them publicly.
There were no state incentives put aside for the expansion.
“We have an outstanding workforce in the Council Bluffs area, and we are so appreciative of the exceptional welcome we have received from the local community and the state of Iowa,” he said. “We are glad to be in Iowa, and Google’s future here is very bright.”
The announcement came a day after the company announced it made a $75 million equity investment in Rippey Wind Farm in Greene County.
Gov. Terry Branstad beamed during the news conference as Russell, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, and Iowa Economic Authority Development Director Debi Durham took turns at the podium. ...