Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal does not plan to sleep on interest in the state as a data center destination, reports The Billings Gazette. With two mega-data centers considering locating to Wyoming, Freudenthal has requested approval from the Wyoming Legislature Joint Appropriations Committee for funds left over from its flood recovery aid to be used outside of its original intention.
Freudenthal is looking to land $14.5 million to go toward the recruitment efforts of these projects, says DatacenterDynamics. According to the governor:
We’re in a good position to attract these facilities because of our resources like abundant, low-cost power and the Wyoming climate with its low humidity and low temperatures, but that’s just not enough. This funding will make Wyoming more competitive and improve our position as we compete to recruit mega-data centers to the state.
Wyoming’s Governor-elect Matt Mead, concurred with Freudenthal, adding:
In the last month, I have been meeting with data center companies in an attempt to bring them to Wyoming. The $14.5 million will be useful as a recruiting tool to land data centers. The opportunity to diversify our economy through data centers is one of my top priorities. This money will help this effort.