Gov. Dave Heineman and corporate officials just announced that Yahoo! has selected Nebraska as the home of two new developments - a 150,000-square-foot data center, which will be located in LaVista, and a Yahoo! customer care center, which will be located in Omaha.
Yahoo! will apply for incentives under Tier 4 of the Nebraska Advantage business incentives package, which calls for companies to invest at least $100 million in capital and create 100 new jobs.
Kevin Timmons, vice president of operations for Yahoo!, said, "We're very pleased to be partnering with the state of Nebraska to build this new data center. Yahoo! builds and operates some of the industry's most efficient data centers and the expansion of our operations with this new facility will help Yahoo! to better serve our worldwide audience of 500 million users."
Yahoo! cited the Nebraska Advantage as a major factor in selecting Nebraska. The Nebraska Advantage was updated in the 2008 legislative session allowing Internet web portal companies to qualify for business incentives. Other factors include the availability of job training assistance, abundant fiber optic providers, low-cost utility rates, and a growing information technology-oriented work force.