BIG INVESTMENT: Data Centers Come To Iowa

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Right now, West Des Moines officials won’t say which company might soon break ground in their city.

What they will say is that it’s a well-known company, willing to invest $140 million dollars in central Iowa.

It would also create 36 new jobs.

“That means there is more money coming into the city and we can then keep property taxes lower for the rest of the community. It also pays for services whether it’s police, fire, or EMS,” said Clyde Evans, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of West Des Moines.

Big companies like Facebook and Google can build their data centers almost anywhere.

Iowa is attractive because recent legislation makes it cheap to build here.

“With data centers, legislation allows them to get tax credits and rebates on sales tax on construction material,” said Evans.

Those rebates and tax incentives can save a company millions.

Some local tech companies say they would like the same advantages.

Daniel Shipton is the CEO of Des Moines based BitMethod.

He and his ten employees have developed a cash register app called “Change” for the iPad.

“It’s working really great for small cafes,” said Shipton.

Shipton says luring big names to Iowa is great for the state’s name recognition, but it doesn’t help his bottom line.

So what would?

“We’re taking profits and investing in ourselves. Any research and development credit would be helpful for us,” Shipton told Channel 13 News.