Until now, this massive project with three $500 million phases had only been known as Project Catapult in Altoona, Iowa and Project Edge in Kearney, Nebraska.
The company has been considering its options and negotiating with local and state authorities in both states since early last year.
Facebook already has similarly large multi-facility data centers in North Carolina and Oregon, and is looking to add one in the middle of the country.
In plans filed with Altoona, the owner of the 200-acre Catapult Data Center site is listed as Hubbell Properties II, LC. The initial plan included three buildings, each between 350,000 to 380,000 square feet in size. The first phase was to involve construction of one 382,252 square feet building.
This plan was approved by the Altoona City Council in June 2012, extended in Dec 2012 and then re-approved in Feb 2013. Then the company filed an amended plan which further expands all three buildings to 466,500 square feet each. This amended plan was approved by Altoona in March 2013.
This week, both the Altoona City Council and the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board will be holding meetings to consider incentives for this project. Facebook has also apparently requested wind energy tax credits from Iowa, which will require new legislation.
Details about the incentives and jobs likely to be created by the data center, assuming Altoona lands the project, should be made clear after the meetings this week.
Meanwhile, back in Nebraska, Kearney has already spent close to $2 million to purchase and prepare a 165-acre site for the Project Edge data center. They are calling it the Tech oNE Crossing technology park.
Nebraska legislators have approved and passed legislation authorizing incentives for the project, including tax refunds for sales tax for construction material and equipment purchase, property tax exemptions, and other tax incentives. Lawmakers also directed Nebraska Public Power District to offer Project Edge low-cost power.
However, based on the flurry of activity by state and local officials in Iowa coupled with the company’s recent interest in getting approval for modified plans in Altoona, it looks like Iowa seems to be getting ready to snatch Facebook away from Nebraska.