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Google to open new data center in Sarpy County

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 19:21:42-04

SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) -- — The “Silicon Prairie” is expanding; a tech giant searched the Omaha metro and they're staying.

Google will build a $600 million data center off Highway 50 and Schram Road in Sarpy County. The facility is already under construction.

It will be the newest of 13 data centers across the country, one is in Council Bluffs.

Google says user demand continues to grow and they need to make sure to have the capacity for that.

"Making sure we have developable land, making sure we have utility and power infrastructure, as well as workforce availability. We found that Papillion had all those resources and talent in abundance," said Dan Harbeke, Google Head of Public Policy.

It's creating hundreds of construction jobs, and dozens of jobs when the center opens.

OPPD started discussing infrastructure and power needs with Google about 6 years ago.

Google anticipates this new data center will be ready to open in about 18-24 months.