Facebook data center coming to Iowa

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It’s now official – Facebook will build a new data center in Altoona, Iowa.

Rumors preceded Tuesday’s official announcement that the state-of-the-art facility will be built in Iowa.  The first phase is a 476,000-square-foot building on a 194-acre site in Altoona, a suburb just outside northeastern Des Moines.  The site could accommodate two additional buildings in the future.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved $18 million in tax incentives to Facebook.  In return, the company will create at least 31 new jobs at the new site with a wage of at least $23.12 per hour as part of the state’s High Quality Jobs program.

The Facebook data center is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs and dozens of full-time operations jobs according to a statement from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who was on hand for the official announcement.

Facebook has promised a minimum $299.5 million investment in the project.

“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,” Branstad said.  “Our productive workforce and our overall cost of doing business help us to win great projects like this.”

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