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Facebook to build new data center in Nebraska Tell North Platte what you think
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When completed, the data center is expected to look like this.
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Ground breaking announcement

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday that Facebook will build a new data center in Papillion, near Omaha.

 It will be Facebook’s ninth data center overall and the sixth in the United States, providing infrastructure to support the 1.86 billion people on Facebook each month. 

Company officials expect the 970,000 square foot Papillion campus to be online as early as 2020. 

This announcement follows Ricketts' visit to Menlo Park, Calif. in Silicon Valley in late 2016 to make the case for the investment in Nebraska.

"We were able to demonstrate that Nebraska can meet or exceed their expectations on every front," Ricketts said. 

Ricketts said growing "Silicon Prairie" -- Nebraska's version of California's Silicon Valley -- through the state’s tech industry has been a priority for his administration. 

Facebook data centers typically support more than 1,000 local jobs during construction, as well as hundreds of long-term operational jobs, the governor's office said. 

In addition, construction of new wind farms in Nebraska will allow the company to power the data center solely through wind-generated electricity.

“We're thrilled to have found a home in Nebraska and to embark on this exciting partnership,” said Tom Furlong, Vice President of Infrastructure at Facebook. 

“Everything here has been as advertised — from a committed set of community partners and strong pool of talent to the opportunity to power our facility with 100 percent renewable energy," Furlong said. "The Cornhusker State is a great place to do business.”


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/4/2017
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