NCAR computing center breaks ground

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A facility that many view as groundbreaking in its own right had its own groundbreaking just outside of Cheyenne today. The National Center for Atmospheric Research's Wyoming computing center will provide advanced computing services to scientists on topics ranging from climate to air pollution.

Governor Dave Freudenthal remembers that it was a challenge to bring the facility to Cheyenne, but he says it is the kind of project that the state is looking for. "We want the opportunities to enhance academic opportunities, to enhance opportunities for our children, but also to enhance Wyoming's ability to develop its own economy," he said. "And those things take time, steadfastness, and a kind of determination that I think is characteristic of the great things that bring success in Wyoming. The second thing it requires is partnership."

University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan says the facility will allow UW to attract top scientists. The $70 million facility will be up and running in 2012.