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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 26, @10:41PM   Printer-friendly

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Google will spend $1 billion to build a new data center in Kansas City. Monique Picou, Google VP of cloud supply chain and operations, announced the initiative at a press conference attended by both Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and Missouri governor Mike Parson. The new plant is expected to provide significant benefits for Missouri's Northland economy, while Picou highlighted how Kansas City and Google can work together to bring a brighter future to the region.

Data centers are the backbone of Google's investment strategy, Picou said, especially now that the industry is reaching an important "inflection point" for tech innovation thanks to AI algorithms. Governor Parson said that the data center will support up to 1,300 jobs, a majority of which will be part of construction operations for the new plant.

Mayor Lucas said that one in every ten workers in Kansas City is involved in the technology industry, and thanks to Google, the city will keep growing its appeal for tech companies. The firm is planning to fund the North Kansas City School District's STEAM center with a $100,000 grant, and to bring its Skilled Trades and Readiness program to the area.

Mountain View is also partnering with Ranger Power and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) to acquire a carbon-free energy source for its data center. The plant will seemingly be fed 400 megawatts by the Missouri-based Beavertail Solar farm, an energy station located in a former coal community that will help Google achieve its ambitious goals for an all carbon-free energy consumption by 2030.


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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 26, @11:10PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 26, @11:10PM (#1350501)

    A data center should be out in the middle of the desert, under acres of solar panels

    • (Score: 2) by Tork on Tuesday March 26, @11:28PM

      by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 26, @11:28PM (#1350502)
      Actually they're building a solar plant and Google will be one of their early customers.
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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by janrinok on Tuesday March 26, @11:29PM (1 child)

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 26, @11:29PM (#1350503) Journal

      Why in the city?

      From TFS:

      The firm is planning to fund the North Kansas City School District's STEAM center with a $100,000 grant, and to bring its Skilled Trades and Readiness program to the area.

      I suspect that the only reason Google got permission at all was because they promised to do things like this. Plus TFS also states that the facility will be fed with a yet-to-be-built solar farm.

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      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, @10:00PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, @10:00PM (#1350562)

        100k sounds very low as a bribe an incentive for this kind of operation and strain that will be put on that community...
        That being said, they have something to learn from amazon in that realm, specifically with the whole HQ2 thing: dangle a "we will plunk a couple of jobs in your community"-carrot in front of cities and literally play them against one another to see who gives you the most money to score those jobs instead of you paying them... Now that is how you vampirize like a pro...

  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, @12:51AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, @12:51AM (#1350510)

    Governor Parson said that the data center will support up to 1,300 jobs, a majority of which will be part of construction operations for the new plant.

    And after it's built? And how much Kansas City water will it use?

    • (Score: 5, Touché) by Frosty Piss on Wednesday March 27, @02:25AM

      by Frosty Piss (4971) on Wednesday March 27, @02:25AM (#1350520)

      And after it's built?

      It will be run by six guys who rotate in from San Jose.

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