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Microsoft Plans La Porte, Indiana, Data Center

Microsoft plans to establish operations at the Radius Industrial Park in La Porte, Indiana. The $1 billion project is expected to create approximately 200 jobs by the end of 2032.

The new 245,000-square-foot data center, located on 489 acres, will help power the Microsoft Cloud and support the next-level digital transformation spurred by the widespread adoption of cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

“Microsoft is excited to expand our datacenter infrastructure into Indiana, with our first campus to be built in La Porte,” said Bowen Wallace, Microsoft CVP Datacenters, Americas Region. “We appreciate the collaboration with the State, City and the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership that has made this opportunity possible. We look forward to an enduring and beneficial relationship with Indiana and the City of La Porte as we build and scale our data center infrastructure to support our customers and partners.”

To support the project the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is offering a 35-year data center sales tax credit based on Microsoft’s $1 billion investment. For each additional $1 billion of investment made at the site in the first 15 years, the company will be eligible for tax exemptions for an additional 5-10 years up to a total of 45 years.

“Indiana is committed to being a central hub in the global economy of the future, and this latest announcement ensures Hoosier communities and talent will be key to widespread advancements in cloud and artificial intelligence technology,” noted Governor Eric Holcomb. “As a state, we’ve built a pro-growth business climate and implemented a future-focused framework to attract major investments in high-tech, high-growth sectors. We’re excited to welcome Microsoft’s new data center to Indiana and look forward to the incredible value-add impact this will have on our statewide data driven ecosystem, new career opportunities, specifically the greater northwest Indiana community.”

The city of La Porte approved additional incentives with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) offering incentives as well.

“Providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to the communities we serve is NIPSCO’s mission, and we have been working closely with Microsoft on plans to fulfill the energy needs for the new data center in the city of La Porte,” added Vince Parisi, NIPSCO President and Chief Operating Officer. “This economic development project will deliver long-term, sustained benefits to the northwest Indiana region, and we’re proud to support these efforts.”

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