Guest Post Courtesy of Vicki A. Campos-Dimmer of Iowa Network Services
When people think about companies like Google®, Facebook® and Microsoft® they’re more than likely to envision California than Iowa. But, with new investments by Google, Facebook and most recently Microsoft it looks like things may be changing.
Google, one of the first to recognize what Iowa has to offer, invested $1.5 billion in its Council Bluffs Southlands location since opening in 2009. Facebook announced in 2013 its plans to build a $300 million data center in Altoona. Not to be left out, Microsoft1, which already has a data center located in West Des Moines, announced earlier this week its plans to build a 1.2 million square-foot, $1.1 billion data center just south of Des Moines.
Have these technology giants found their data center heaven? No, it’s just Iowa! According to a recent article from USAToday2, the major draws to this great state of ours are a combination of clean, renewable energy (wind energy), developable land (farmland galore), and access to high-speed fiber (shameless plug for Iowa Network Services). We also boast a strong workforce and have built some pretty robust incentive packages, including sales- and use-tax exemptions, to entice companies to move their operations to Iowa.
It will certainly be interesting to see the effects the technology trifecta has on the growth of the technology industry in Iowa. With all Iowa has to offer, it makes me wonder who will be next to make the move from “Silicon Valley” to “Silicon Prairie”. To paraphrase a quote from the movie Field of Dreams3, (celebrating its 25th anniversary) — if we build it, will they come?
About the Author
Vicki Campos-Dimmer is the Corporate Communications Coordinator at Iowa Network Services. Over her 15+ years in marketing, she has developed her expertise in marketing communications, media and public relations, social media management, event and trade show planning, and marketing campaign development. She has primarily worked in technology and telecommunications, but also has experience in the financial and insurance industries. For more information about the above article, contact Vicki Campos-Dimmer at 515-830-0302 or email vadimmer@netINS.com.
1 Matthew Patane, www.DesMoinesRegister.com, April 18, 2014. Updated: State approves incentives for $1.1 billion Microsoft data center in West Des Moines.
2 Donnelle Eller and Marco Santana, www.USAToday.com, April 22, 2014. Tech giants look to Iowa for data centers.
3 Field of Dreams Movie Site – www.fodmoviesite.com