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The 2014 Wyoming Forum kicked off yesterday with a discussion of Wyoming’s tech scene between Governor Matt Mead and two prominent California entrepreneurs. One big topic was whether the Cheyenne-Laramie area or Jackson was the most promising for growth. 

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Last week, Governor Matt Mead attended a cable cutting for a new biogas-fueled data center in Cheyenne. It’s a zero emissions demonstration project built in collaboration with Microsoft, the governor’s office, the University of Wyoming and the utilities industry. Cheyenne LEADS is an economic development group that helped coordinate the project.

The group’s CEO Randy Bruns says many solid waste plants around the U.S. create biofuel to control the methane build-up they produce and to power their facilities. But no one has ever tried powering a data center with this kind of energy.

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A Data Center celebrated the grand opening of its massive expansion Wednesday in Cheyenne.

Green House spokesperson Wendy Fox says Wyoming’s cool climate allows the data center to regulate its temperature only using the outside air.

Green House spokesperson Wendy Fox says Wyoming’s cool climate makes it uniquely suited to the data center’s needs.

Microsoft plans to expand its data center operations in Wyoming. Microsoft opened a data center outside of Cheyenne last year…and this spring plans to grow it with a $274 million addition. Governor Matt Mead met the news with excitement. He says he’s made growing the Wyoming technology sector a priority and sees the expansion as a good sign.

UW to benefit from demonstration project

Dec 31, 2012

The University of Wyoming will get to participate in Microsoft’s innovative fuel cell demonstration pilot project.  

The fuel cell being built in Cheyenne will essentially be powered by sewage.  After 18 months of use by Microsoft, the City of Cheyenne and the University will get access to the so called Data Plant. U-W Chemical and Petroleum Engineering professor David Bagley says a number of students will benefit.     

The State Loan and Investment Board has
approved a $5 million grant to help bring a proposed $112 million
data center to Cheyenne.
     Cheyenne is one of two finalists in the Rocky Mountain region
for the data center. State officials have declined to identify the
company behind the project, but they say it is a Fortune 100 firm.
     The state board approved the $5 million grant on Monday.
     Gov. Matt Mead says he's willing to provide another $5 million
in state money to help land the center, bringing the state's total

Governor Matt Mead and other state officials are touting a new data center, which will be built in Cheyenne.

Green House data will build the $35 million facility, which will be 100-percent wind-powered.

Green House Data currently has a data center in Cheyenne. The company says grants and aid from the Wyoming Business Council were vital in choosing Wyoming as a home, and building a second center.