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. ...