Google to invest $350 million into Iowa data center

August 10, 2023 by No Comments

Google has unveiled its intentions to allocate $350 million for the augmentation of its Council Bluffs data center situated on the border between Iowa and Nebraska.

Initial declarations regarding the Council Bluffs data center’s establishment were made in 2007. Subsequent to this, Google made expansion announcements in both 2012 and 2015. Over the course of time, the company has invested approximately $5 billion into the development of this campus as well as others within the region and state.

The proposed enhancement to the data center holds the dual purpose of bolstering artificial intelligence capabilities and augmenting the cloud storage capacity of the facility. This strategic move is driven by the escalating demand for these specific services.

Allie Hopkins, the leader overseeing Google’s data centers in Iowa and Nebraska, emphasized that the expansion will entail the creation of additional edifices and an expanded support infrastructure across all facets. This encompasses not only technical and facility-oriented personnel but also encompasses the entire spectrum of indispensable auxiliary services required to ensure the seamless operation of these structures.

US senator Joni Ernst said: “With this expansion, not only are they making the physical, capital investment here in Pottawattamie County, but affecting the livelihoods of so many people that will choose to call southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska their home.”

This expansion initiative is expected to generate a surge in job opportunities, supplementing the existing workforce of 900 personnel already stationed at the facility.

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