The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the state is losing huge projects to neighboring states that are offering tax incentives for data centers, and is asking legislators to respond. The chamber and the Missouri Coalition for Data Centers are backing pending legislation that could provide state and local tax exemptions for qualifying data center projects.
The coalition includes The Mountain Complex, Springfield Underground and City Utilities, which operates the SpringNet Underground, which all operate underground facilities leveraging the state’s plentiful supply of limestone mines (see Inside Iron Mountain’s Room 48 for more on the potential for data centers in limestone mines). But the development being highlighted by the state chamber is the Ewing Business Park, a project linked to the Open Source Data Center Initiative.
The chamber taped highlights of a presentation Wednesday at the state house in Jefferson City, and have posted them on YouTube. There’s also media coverage in the Springfield News-Leader, St. Louis Business Journal, Columbia Daily Tribune and the Missourian. This video runs about 9 minutes, 30 seconds.