Omaha Public Radio News
Fri October 24, 2008
Yahoo! coming to Omaha metro
By Katie Knapp
Omaha, NE – Internet company Yahoo! plans to build two operations in the Omaha metro area.
Yahoo! officials announced Friday morning that a Data Center will be built in La Vista. Also, a Customer Care Center is planned in west Omaha. Together, the projects represent a more than $100 million investment.
Company officials joined Governor Dave Heineman, Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig for the announcement. Yahoo! VP of Operations Kevin Timmons says the deal that's bringing the company to Nebraska took several months. Timmons says the Omaha metro area was chosen because of the fiber-optic network that runs through the city. Yahoo! explored sites in 17 different states before choosing Omaha.
The Customer Care Center is expected to open next April. There's no timeline for the opening of the Data Center, which is already under construction.