Meta (Facebook) chooses Kansas City for $800 million data center

Meta (Facebook) Announces Data Center In Kansas City
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 24, 2022) – Meta Platforms, Inc., the parent company of Facebook, chooses Kansas City for a new $800 million data center.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson made the announcement today. The nearly one-million-square-foot data center will support up to 100 jobs, according to Parson. Officials expect it to be operational in 2024.

The data center will be in KC’s Golden Plains Technology Park, which is a 5.5 million-square-foot campus for data centers. A release from Parson’s Office states that it will be supported 100 percent by renewable energy. Officials also say it will add additional renewable energy to the region’s local grid.

Missouri’s Data Center Sales Tax Exemption Program will help Meta build its new center. The Missouri General Assembly created the program in 2015. You can learn more about it here.

Official Reaction on Meta Decision (formerly Facebook, Inc.)

“Meta is excited to call Kansas City our new home. It stands out with so much to offer – good access to infrastructure and fiber, a strong pool of talent for both construction and operations, and more than anything, great community partners,” said Darcy Nothnagle, Director of Community and Economic Development at Meta.

“The Show-Me State stands out as a rising technology hub due to our strategic location, skilled workforce, and business friendly climate,” Governor Parson said. This unprecedented investment signals Missouri is open for business and that our state is a prime destination for high-tech leaders and innovators alike.”

The social media giant chose Kansas City for several factors. Some include its central location and competitive energy prices.

“Kansas City is the most connected region in the U.S. with more than 5.5 million miles of fiber deployed. This infrastructure, coupled with a dynamic and robust talent pool, provides Meta the resources it needs for long-term success in our market, said Kansas City Area Development Council President and CEO Tim Cowden.