The grant funding is certainly part of the attraction but it is not the only reason why Microsoft has chosen Cheyenne for its new data center and data plant. According to the company, There are 35 weighted criteria that goes into making the decision and some of these criteria are availability of skilled labor, proximity to power sources and proximity to fiber optic networks, energy rates and taxes, infrastructure of the city and so on. Wyoming does offer low costs and the grant money helped draw in Microsoft at the end of the day. The $112 million data center will be a facility to store information electronically. There is also a $8.2 million data plant which is coming up for the purpose of a research pilot project to generate power from methane gas.
For the latter project, Microsoft selected Wyoming since the state has been making investments in advanced energy technologies.
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