The area’s strategic location, low power costs, tax incentives and increasing investment in renewable energy, make Greater Des Moines (DSM) the place for data centers.
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New Data Centers
Innovative tech companies such as Facebook and Microsoft have opened data centers within the region over the past decade. Microsoft Corporation has started construction on their third data center campus in West Des Moines. The first two buildings on this campus were constructed in 2020 with a third 221,000-square-foot building expected to break ground in June 2021. In addition, Microsoft has purchased two additional sites in the community for additional data center build out. Each site is expected to accommodate approximately 1.8 million square feet.
Since 2013, Facebook has invested more than $3.5 billion in five data centers in Altoona totaling 3.5 million square feet. In December 2020, Facebook broke ground on another data center. This building will add another 668,000 square feet to the Altoona Campus.
According to a recent study, Facebook's Data Center expenditures have totaled $11.5 billion and contributed a cumulative $18.6 billion in GDP to the U.S. economy from 2017-2019. For every $1 million in operating expenditures, there were 18 jobs supported, and for every $1 million in data center capital expenditures, there were 14 jobs supported in the local economy.
In August 2017, Apple purchased 2,000 acres and plans to build a $1.4 billion, 400,000-square-foot data center in Waukee. Construction on the data center is expected to start in the near future.
LightEdge Solutions recently completed a new data center in Altoona — a $34 million investment. Colocation centers such as InfoBunker and OneNeck IT Solutions also call DSM home.