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Microsoft plans for data center

Apr 28, 2014 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Microsoft Corp. plans to build another data center in Cheyenne, bringing its total investment in Wyoming's capital city to nearly $500 million.

Gov. Matt Mead on Friday announced the company's decision to start construction on the planned $274 million data center this spring.

He said he's made growth of the state's technology sector a priority.

"Wyoming has so many comparative advantages for data centers," Mead said.

"I have worked with the Legislature to position Wyoming as a competitive location for these high-valued projects."

Redmond, Wash.-based Micro-soft opened its first data center west of Cheyenne in late 2013. A company spokeswoman said she didn't have information immediately available on how many jobs the new center will provide.

Mead's office stated that Microsoft will purchase additional land in Cheyenne and plans to begin construction of the expansion in late spring 2014.

The first stage of the new data center is estimated to be operational in summer 2015.

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