Midwest the Best for Data Centers!

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22 Jan 2012

State News

Area cities top list as data center hosts
By Steve Jordon

Low-cost Midwestern cities like Omaha, Council Bluffs, Ames, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, S.D., stand to gain high-security data centers in coming years, according to a site location consultant for the data security industry.

It won't be a huge employment influx — about 75 jobs per location and a total of as many as 70,000 jobs spread nationally by 2015 — but the work pays well and the computer-heavy data centers are rich sources of property tax funds, said John Boyd Jr., principal with the Boyd Cos. Inc. of Princeton, N.J.

"This industry will be leaving New York and San Francisco. The recipients will be Omaha and Sioux Falls," Boyd said during an interview in Omaha this week.

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