(Kansas City, MO) – Google has its eyes on Kansas City for a new data center. The company plans to open the center in in Kansas City’s Northland, supporting up to 1,300 jobs.

In a news release today from Gov. Mike Parson, he said the company is investing $1 billion into the expansion. The data center will be Google’s first one in Missouri.

“Google’s selection of the Kansas City region is another example of our state’s ability to attract and support world-class companies,” said Governor Parson. “Our skilled workforce, superior infrastructure, and prime business climate continue to result in investments from leading employers. We welcome Google to Missouri and look forward to the positive impact it will provide for our growing high-tech sector.”

It will be located in Hunt Midwest Business Center.

“We have reached an important inflection point for tech innovation like AI, and data centers are the backbone of this progress,” said Monique Picou, Global Vice President of Cloud Supply Chain and Operations at Google. “Our announcement today is a testament to the resources, talent and welcoming spirit of the Kansas City community. Together, Kansas City and Google will help power America’s digital future and we are excited to contribute to the bright future of the region.”

When the data center will open is unknown.

Google said it will expand a skilled trade career development program to the Kansas City region and contribute $100,000 to the North Kansas City School District’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Center. In addition, the company will bring one of its programs to the area to promote Missouri’s talent pipeline for the skilled trades.

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