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Racine County in Wisconsin has approved Microsoft's plan to build a $1-billion data center, its first in the state

Microsoft Gains Approval to Build $1B Data Center in Wisconsin

Microsoft Corp. has gained Racine County approval to buy 315 acres for a data center development that will cost at least $1 billion, the Milwaukee Business Journal reported. The Racine County Board’s approval marked the final review by local elected officials for several development agreements relating to Microsoft’s first Wisconsin data center.  

Paul Englis, Microsoft’s global director of community research and engagement, told the Business Journal his company currently has 200 data centers in more than 34 countries. “Data centers are really the heart and soul of today’s technology world,” Englis said.  

Pending final design and other land use approvals, the company’s first phase of data center construction could begin later this year. The project is slated for Mt. Pleasant, WI, where Foxconn Technology is also building a campus.

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