What Does Google’s Nebraska Announcement Mean For Lincoln? | Local Business News

Google’s announcement on Thursday that it is planning a third Omaha-area data center begs the question: What does this mean for the proposed data center in Lincoln?

The world’s largest internet company said it plans to spend $750 million in Nebraska this year, most of it at a new data center on the northwest side of Omaha near State Street and Blair High Road, and on the continued construction of a data center at Papillion which began construction in 2019 and is partially operational.

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No mention was made of a possible Lincoln project, however.

Although no one has publicly admitted that Google is the company planning the huge data center complex northwest of the 56th Street exit on Interstate 80, signs point in that direction.

A company called Agate LLC owns nearly 600 acres of land where the data center is proposed, but XXVI Holdings Inc., which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, has requested tax incentives for the project.

XXVI Holdings Inc. is the same company that applied for tax incentives for the Google data center at Papillion.

The Lincoln Data Center was originally proposed in the summer of 2019, and documents submitted to the city at the time suggested that when fully constructed, it could encompass 2 million square feet of buildings and have nearly 1,000 employees. .

The documents suggest that construction would start in 2020, with the possibility of 160 people working in the first buildings by 2022.

However, no construction activity took place at the site, although Lincoln Electric System confirmed that it had completed preliminary design work for the electrical infrastructure needed at the center.

Officials from the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development declined to comment on the project, as did a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

Google also declined to comment on Lincoln’s plans.

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According to documents filed with the City of Omaha, operations of the new data center will span multiple buildings, totaling more than 1.4 million square feet, as well as equipment parks and parking lots. . A Google representative revealed that construction could take 18 to 24 months.

Google’s efforts in Nebraska are part of its plan to invest about $9.5 billion in offices and data centers across the United States this year. In a press release, the company also said it would create at least 12,000 new full-time jobs. A company representative said Google had no new employment numbers to share for the Omaha area.

Dan Crisler of the Omaha World-Herald received this report.

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