- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

DES MOINES, IOWA (AP) - Gov. Chet Culver says Microsoft Corp. remains committed to building a $500 million data center in West Des Moines.

Culver met with Microsoft officials on Monday in Redmond, Wash. to discuss the future of the project.

Microsoft announced plans last summer to build a data center in West Des Moines and create 75 high-paying technology jobs with an average salary of about $70,000. But the economic downturn forced the company to eliminate 5,000 jobs in January and postpone the project.

After Monday’s meeting, Culver issued a statement saying it was a positive and productive meeting and that Microsoft assured him it was a matter of when and not if it would move forward with the project.

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