Searching for ways to stimulate the state economy, Missouri's
legislature is considering offering
incentives to attract data centers as part of its 'Made in
Missouri' job stimulus bill.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce supports a package of incentives
includes sales tax exemptions on machinery, equipment and computers
and on utilities and telecoms services. It also allows local
governments to offer additional property tax incentives to
companies willing to build data centers in the state.
As reported by Missourinet.com, Tracy
King, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's vice president of
government affairs worked with state senators and representatives
to create the data center incentives
included in the job stimulus bill.
Capturing just 5% of the nation's data center industry would mean
$2.8 billion of investment in equipment and construction, according
to King. The state Chamber of Commerce also believes data center
construction would provide more than 4,000 construction jobs during
a ten-year period.
Interesting insight into how governments now see data centers as an
economic development opportunity.