Missouri Considers Data Center Incentives in Bid to Stimulate Job Growth

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.

Written by Kevin Kutcher at 00:00
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