Meta to build hyperscale data center in Kansas City, MO

March 29, 2022
The facility will measure nearly 1 million square feet data center within the Golden Plains Technology Park in both Platte and Clay Counties.

Meta (ex-Facebook) has announced plans to build a hyperscale data center in Kansas City, MO. The facility will measure nearly 1 million square feet data center within the Golden Plains Technology Park in both Platte and Clay Counties. Meta says it plans to spend more than $800 million on the build, with the goal of being operational in 2024, according to Missouri Partnership, a public-private economic development organization that Meta listed as one of several “community partners” in the project.

Meta estimates it will employ approximately 100 people at the data center. The company also anticipates more than 1,300 construction workers will be working onsite at the building effort’s peak. The facility will operate with 100% renewable energy, according to Missouri Partnership; Meta says it has arrange with its utility partner, Evergy, to develop a new market-based tariff that will enable the company and other customers to contract for new renewable energy. Meta asserts the data center will be at least 80% more water-efficient than the average facility as well.

“Meta is excited to call Kansas City our new home. It stands out with so much to offer - good access to infrastructure and fiber, a strong pool of talent for both construction and operations, and more than anything, great community partners,” said Darcy Nothnagle, director of community and economic development, Meta. “Meta is committed to being a good neighbor and investing in the long-term vitality of the region for years to come.”

“We’re proud to welcome Meta to Kansas City for this historic, cutting-edge development that will positively impact our state’s economy for years to come,” added Missouri Governor Mike Parson. “The Show-Me State stands out as a rising technology hub due to our strategic location, skilled workforce, and prime business climate. This unprecedented investment signals Missouri is open for business and that our state is a prime destination for high-tech leaders and innovators alike.”

"KC is the most connected region in the U.S. with more than 5.5 million miles of fiber deployed. This infrastructure, coupled with a dynamic and robust talent pool, provides Meta the resources it needs for long-term success in our market," said Tim Cowden, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council.

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