CHEYENNE — The "cowboy state" may become the "cloud state" as more data centers float into Wyoming.
Wyomingites haven't been the only ones to notice the approaching weather. National site-selection magazine Expansion Solutions, based in Alabama, has awarded the Wyoming Business Council a "Top 5 Award of Excellence" in the data center category.
"These awards recognize organizations who have demonstrated exceptional progress and potential in the development of their areas — by successfully recruiting, retaining and growing businesses," the magazine explains on its website.
And with the splashdown of Microsoft in Wyoming with its $112 million data center
funded in part through a $5 million grant from the Wyoming Business Council for infrastructure improvements, it's hard not to take notice of Wyoming.
"The Business Council's data center incentive grant package has accelerated the growth of existing companies in the state, as well as established Wyoming as one of the nation's premier locations for explosive growth potential in the high-tech sector for data centers and other computing centers," said Expansion Solutions Editor and CEO Jeff Cornett in a release.
While Microsoft is certainly the biggest fish to make a splash in Wyoming's technology pond, other data centers are also thriving in the state. Green House Data, based in Cheyenne, recently completed its coast-to-coast expansion
by placing a large data center in New Jersey. Ptolemy Data Systems in Sheridan opened its 6,000-square-foot facility
in September. Others have also seen expansion and growth in the state.
"Wyoming's abundant energy supply and its cool, dry climate make it a perfect fit for technology companies seeking expansion opportunities," Cornett added.
Wyoming Business Council CEO Bob Jensen said data center incentives have been carefully constructed.
"These successes are only possible because of the close working partnerships developed during the past six years with the Wyoming State Legislature, the governor and local economic development organizations throughout the state, as well as our relationship-building efforts with technology companies and site selectors," he said.
Shovel-ready sites, low-cost electricity
and access to reliable broadband have also made Wyoming competitive in the market.
"This is great to know we are being recognized by a well-respected national site selection magazine for our work to bring data centers to Wyoming," Jensen said. "The special part about this is we are just getting started."
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