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Google announces third facility in the Omaha area, to invest $750 million in the new date center facility

Omaha, Nebraska – Google is to build a new data center in Omaha, Nebraska.

The company this week announced plans to build a data center near State Street and Blair High Road to the northwest of the city. Specifications weren’t shared, Google said it plans to invest $750 million in the new facility.

According to documents filed with the City of Omaha for a data center on Blair High Road under the name Westwood Solutions, LLC, the site will span around four data center buildings, totaling more than 1.4 million square feet; construction could reportedly last between 18 to 24 months.

“(This) will bring more opportunity to the local community and more resources for our customers to grow their businesses and use digital services,” said Stacy Trackey Meagher, managing director for Google Cloud’s central region.

Google already has two data centers in the Omaha area; one in Papillion, Nebraska, where the company broke ground in 2019; and one across the border in Iowa’s nearby Council Bluffs which the search giant established in 2007.

The expansion comes as the company recently announced plans to spend $9.5 billion on US data centers and offices this year, including investments in existing data centers in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Iowa, Oregon, Nevada, and Nebraska. At the event announcing the new facility, the company said it would also continue to invest in Papillion.

“Thank you to Google for choosing to grow in Nebraska with a $750 million investment. Added to the $600 million investment in 2019, Google has put well over a billion dollars into its operations in the Cornhusker State,” said Governor Pete Ricketts.

The company this week also announced plans to invest another $300 million in data centers in Virginia, but didn’t go into specifics. The company currently operates two data center in Loudoun County near Arcola and Leesburg.

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