DATA CENTER: Mystery Company Considers WDM

Altoona will soon be home to a new Facebook data center and now West Des Moines hopes to get a technology center of its own.

“It’s a datacenter project in two phases. The first phase would have an investment of $40 million and the second phase would have a value of about $100 million,” Clyde Evans said.

The city council paved the way by approving the mystery company’s plans to apply for state tax incentives.

The company will now ask the Iowa Economic Development Authority for those incentives.

Leaders of smaller tech firms that already call the metro home say they have mixed feelings about the new data centers moving to Iowa and claiming tax credits that aren’t available to them.

“Being able to have a little financial freedom to get out there and grow a lot faster and to put our name out to the customers we’re after would be huge for us,” said Daniel Shipton.

If approved the company could begin construction by fall.

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