The area’s strategic location, low power costs, tax incentives and increasing investment in renewable energy, make Greater Des Moines (DSM) a hub for data center sites.
New Data Centers
Innovative tech companies such as Facebook and Microsoft have opened data centers within the region over the past decade. Microsoft alone has invested $2 billion in its first two data centers in Iowa and is currently in the process of building a third data center in West Des Moines with an estimated 1.7 million square feet, which will be Microsoft's largest data center project to date in the United States. Since 2013, Facebook has invested more than $1 billion on three data centers in Des Moines totaling 1.5 million square feet. Facebook now has more than 300 employees in Altoona.
In May 2017, Facebook announced the construction of a fourth data center that will add an additional 1 million square feet. With an average of 800 construction workers per day at the site, half of this building is planned for completion in 2018.
A recent study released by Facebook revealed data centers have contributed $5.8 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product and created 60,100 jobs from 2010 through 2016 as a result of Facebook's economic expenditures on data center construction and operation. For every one data center job, there are five jobs supported by the economy.
In August 2017, Apple announced plans to purchase 2,000 acres and build a $1.4 billion, 400,000 square foot data center in Waukee. Construction on the data center is expected to start early 2018 and Apple plans to bring it online in 2020.
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 Des Moines home — another reason why the region was named a Top 10 Location for Data Centers in the United States, according to CBRE.