Outsourcing government functions to private companies has long been a popular idea here in Wyoming. Now the state is leading the nation in taking that trend into the digital age. Wyoming will soon transfer much of its public data to the care of private companies, which will host it on the internet. State officials say this so called “cloud” hosting is cheaper and more efficient than state owned data centers. But putting all that public data in corporate hands has some privacy advocates nervous.
The State Loan and Investment Board or SLIB approved over eight million dollars in Business Ready grants.
Among the highlights, SLIB approved funding for a major road project in Sweetwater County to benefit Uranium production and the board also agreed to a managed data center cost reduction grant for Green House Data in Cheyenne.
It will give the company the opportunity to expand by providing it a two-point-25 million dollar utility break. Shawn Mills of Green House Data says the action will help his company and the state’s economy.