The Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership scores a solid bullseye in one of its target industries. Social media colossus Facebook announced its plans today to build a data center campus in Sarpy County.
“We talk about the power of collaboration; we’re seeing it, once again, with the arrival of Facebook. This project is going to bring an incredible amount of new investment and jobs to the region -- and the credit is spread among our economic development partnership, state, city and county officials, MUD, OPPD and other community partners. It’s been incredible working together for the win over the last year,” said Randy Thelen, senior vice president-economic development.
The Facebook campus in Papillion will include two buildings (more than 450,000 sq. ft. each) and an administration area (nearly 70,000 sq. ft.) for a total footprint of 970,000 sq. ft. With the leadership of the Partnership’s GO! Ready Site Certification program, Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation was able to control, prepare and market the site to Facebook, increasing the region’s competitive edge.
“This proved to be key to landing this great project,” said Andrew Rainbolt, executive director, Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation. “We continue to be amazed at the level of positive engagement from a multitude of governmental jurisdictions across Sarpy County and Omaha. This has been a superb team effort, and we cannot wait to see construction get started.”
Facebook expects the data center to come online in 2020. It will be powered by 100 percent clean and renewable wind energy. The related construction of new wind farms in Nebraska will provide a major economic benefit, bringing tax revenue and jobs during and after construction. Beyond that, and over the long-term, Facebook says it typically invests hundreds of millions of dollars in each of its data center projects, which in turn supports thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of long-term operational jobs.
Data center attraction is a central focus for the Partnership. The result is the growth of a high-powered Sarpy County data center community that includes Yahoo!, Fidelity, Cabela’s, The Travelers Companies – and now Facebook.
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