AP reports Google is to construct a a $600 million data center in western Iowa.
Gov. Chet Culver said, "In making its decision, Google recognized what we in Iowa have known all along — our workforce and quality of life is second-to-none." In a statement about the project at Iowa, Paul Froutan, Google's director of operations said, "We look forward to joining the community and are grateful for the support from the state and local governments throughout our evaluation processĂ˘â‚¬Âť.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The company said it is trying to use local vendors and suppliers whenever possible, spreading the economic impact of the new center throughout the western Iowa community.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
The center is slated to open in 2009 at the Council Bluffs Industrial Foundation's new business park. Google's Iowa center is expected to employ around 200 people for an average salary of $50,000. Though construction for 55 acres has begun, the search engine giant has acquired over 1,185 acres, for future constructions in the area.