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Microsoft Establishes Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, Data Center Operations

Microsoft plans to establish data center operations in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. The company is expected to invest $3.3 billion by 2026.

The investment will include a new data center campus that will expand the company’s national cloud and AI infrastructure capacity, the country’s first manufacturing-focused AI co-innovation lab, and an AI skilling initiative.

“Wisconsin has a rich and storied legacy of innovation and ingenuity in manufacturing,” said Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President of Microsoft. “We will use the power of AI to help advance the next generation of manufacturing companies, skills and jobs in Wisconsin and across the country. This is what a big company can do to build a strong foundation for every medium, small and start-up company and non-profit everywhere.”

To support the project Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is providing a $500,000 grant to support capital improvements necessary for the success of the Co-Innovation Lab at UW-Milwaukee. WEDC is also providing a $500,000 grant to assist TitletownTech in opening a new, full-time TitletownTech-Milwaukee office within the Wisconsin AI Co-Innovation Lab to reach more entrepreneurs and start-ups.

“Microsoft’s willingness to invest not just in its datacenter but in businesses throughout our state is a win for the people of Wisconsin,” noted WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “This was clearly an all-hands moment. But when the call came, we did what we do best in Wisconsin—we pulled together because we all saw the incredible opportunity in front of us, and we all wanted to make it happen.”

The WEDC, Racine County, the village of Mount Pleasant, and the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development organization collaborated on the project.

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