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    Microsoft Expanding in WDM

    SUPERSIZE my CLOUD - Microsoft plans $677m data centre embiggening ? The Register

    Looks like the mystery data center builder in WDM is Microsoft expanded the project they already have there.



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    Re: Microsoft Expanding in WDM

    Tech companies love to stash their **** here but dont really employ anyone. I hope at some point more headquarters and call centers come here too so we get some jobs.



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    Re: Microsoft Expanding in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Tech companies love to stash their **** here but dont really employ anyone. I hope at some point more headquarters and call centers come here too so we get some jobs.
    At least the contractors will get some projects to work on



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    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeclone View Post
    At least the contractors will get some projects to work on
    As long as they are local contractors. =)



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    Re: Microsoft Expanding in WDM

    This is still good for the state, even if it doesn't employ very many people. I wonder what made them choose Iowa. Maybe there is a military advantage to putting stuff like this as far inland as possible. The only natural disaster you really have to worry about here is tornadoes.



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    Re: Microsoft Expanding in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUagger View Post
    This is still good for the state, even if it doesn't employ very many people. I wonder what made them choose Iowa. Maybe there is a military advantage to putting stuff like this as far inland as possible. The only natural disaster you really have to worry about here is tornadoes.
    And floods:(



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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUagger View Post
    This is still good for the state, even if it doesn't employ very many people. I wonder what made them choose Iowa. Maybe there is a military advantage to putting stuff like this as far inland as possible. The only natural disaster you really have to worry about here is tornadoes.

    Cheap land and tax breaks on electricity. Its a no brainer. I can see more and more of the coasts investing in the midwest from now on.



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    As long as they are local contractors. =)
    I wouldn't be surprised if some of the large contracts go out of state, but some of the jobs that use steel workers or electricians would probably be subcontracted to local guys.

    I agree that it would be nice to for these companies to set up more here and offer more permanent jobs, but I am sure that it is a tough sell to get people to move from the west coast to Iowa or the midwest in general.



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    Re: Microsoft Expanding in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    And floods:(
    Well at least you can remove the threat of that by not building in a flood plain.

    And meteors



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    Re: Microsoft Expanding in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUagger View Post
    This is still good for the state, even if it doesn't employ very many people.
    Could you expand on this? I just don't follow it, everytime they announce a data center getting all these tax breaks to employee 30 people to me it doesn't seem worth it. Yeah the construction companies hire people to build it but they are either people currently working for the company or temps for that project.



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    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeclone View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised if some of the large contracts go out of state, but some of the jobs that use steel workers or electricians would probably be subcontracted to local guys.

    I agree that it would be nice to for these companies to set up more here and offer more permanent jobs, but I am sure that it is a tough sell to get people to move from the west coast to Iowa or the midwest in general.

    What? You would be a short jaunt to the worlds largest cow once a year. Thats amazing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by isufbcurt View Post
    Could you expand on this? I just don't follow it, everytime they announce a data center getting all these tax breaks to employee 30 people to me it doesn't seem worth it. Yeah the construction companies hire people to build it but they are either people currently working for the company or temps for that project.
    Tax breaks have become the standard for any new development creating more than 1 job.



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    Re: Microsoft Expanding in WDM

    I wish I could find it but I read an article a few years ago about the number of data centers looking to relocate to the midwest.
    Many of the data centers that are out there are old and were built in converted office space and the cost to upgrade them to be compliant with modern standards is prohibitive. With IP you no longer need your workforce confined to the same building as your hardware so rebuilding in the midwestern locations makes sense.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    What? You would be a short jaunt to the worlds largest cow once a year. Thats amazing.
    I glance at the large animals, but I stay for the funnel cake and the animal learning center. I don't think it ever gets old watching a cow, pig, or goat give birth to an animal. I also like watching the little ducklings too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    Tax breaks have become the standard for any new development creating more than 1 job.
    I think that is how competitive it has become between local governments though. I think many of these are banking that it will lead to more expansion in the future.



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