A Big Day (and Week) for West Des Moines
August 21st, 2008 By: Rich Miller
It’s already been a big week for West Des Moines. And now Microsoft is coming.
On Tuesday, West Des Moines teen Shawn Johnson won a gold medal in the balance beam in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Johnson, 16, had already won three silvers, making her triumph on the beam one of the most popular moments of the games thus far.
This morning at 10:30 a.m. local time, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver will announce that Microsoft (MSFT) will build a huge data center in West Des Moines, which could generate local investment of up to $500 million – which is the amount the software giant is spending on similar projects in San Antonio, Texas and Northlake, Illinois. The fleet of new data centers is being built to support Microsoft’s Live suite of online services. The project, which follows Google’s decision to build a $600 million server farm in Council Bluffs, further boosts Iowa’s reputation as an emerging hub for data centers
Here’s a look at our coverage of the events leading up to today’s announcement.
- Microsoft Iowa Data Center Unveiling Tomorrow
- Possible Sites for Microsoft Iowa Project
- Microsoft Iowa Data Center Set for Des Moines
- Microsoft Confirms Iowa Data Center
- Microsoft Iowa Incentives Sent to Governor
- Microsoft Considering Iowa Data Center
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