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.
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