WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — West Des Moines officials say their past work with major companies played a major role in attracting a $1.1 billion Microsoft data center to their city.
Microsoft approached West Des Moines about the project roughly five years ago, but had concerns over whether the city could provide the necessary infrastructure.
West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer says city officials pointed to their relationships with other major companies, such as Wells Fargo and General Growth Properties, which owns the Jordan Creek Town Center. Gaer says those connections gave the city credibility and showed that they deliver on their promises.
The new data center announced on Friday is Microsoft's second in West Des Moines.