Data Centers Find Wyoming Fast, Cool and Affordable
Plentiful, fast broadband; low energy costs; and cool, dry weather make Wyoming a powerful draw for data center investment. Low tax rates and a portfolio of incentives add to the state’s attractiveness.
Plentiful, fast broadband, coupled with low energy costs and cool, dry weather, make Wyoming a powerful draw for data center investment. Low tax rates and a portfolio of incentives add to the state’s attractiveness. The combination has put the Cowboy State on the leading edge of data center development, with Microsoft considering an expansion to its new $112 million data center and the new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Wyoming Supercomputing Center seeing a big demand from researchers. Home-grown companies are expanding, too. Cheyenne-based Green House Data partnered with New Jersey-based 1547 Critical Systems on a 35,000-square-foot expansion that will more than triple its state footprint when it opens in spring 2014. Green House Data, which also has co-location centers in Portland, Ore., and Newark, N.J., needed more room and checked out San Jose, Calif., Chicago and Dallas, as well as sites in Iowa and Nebraska. It stayed in Wyoming. “We were running out of space,” says Shawn Mills, Green House president. “We would not have expanded in Wyoming if the government entities weren’t favorable to entrepreneurs and high-growth companies – and focused on growing business.” Robust State Incentives A renewable energy credit program is the newest state incentive, and Green House was the first company to take part. Wyoming also offers a Managed Data Center Cost Reduction Grant Program, which provides:
- Up to $2.25 million over three years to reimburse utility costs for power or broadband
- A sales tax exemption for projects with at least $5 million in capital and $2 million equipment investments
- A state environmental permit cost exemption for mega-centers