Iowa Gov. Chet Culver will travel to Redmond, Wash., to try to shake loose money for a Microsoft data center planned near Iowa’s capital city. Microsoft announced in August that the $500 million data center was to be built in West Des Moines, Iowa. But a significant economic downturn followed, and in January, Microsoft cut 5,000 jobs and postponed the project.
Culver said in the meeting, he will urge Microsoft to move forward with its plans. Culver says Microsoft can be part of an effort to bring high-quality jobs to the state.