Internet giant Google is building its second data center in five years in Council Bluffs.
Google employees were joined by Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds at the ground-breaking Tuesday. The $300 million data center will create at least 50 jobs.
Mayor Hanafan says the Internet giant’s investment has changed the city and the state of Iowa, and improved the economy.
Google’s first data center in Council Bluffs opened four years ago at a cost of $600 million, bringing the company’s total investment in Iowa to $900 million.
The new data center will house infrastructure that supports Google’s mail and maps programs, as well as new products.