- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - A New-York based insurance firm has opened a $200 million data center in Sarpy County, the latest of such facilities built in the area for companies such as Fidelity, Yahoo, Cabela’s and Cosentry.

Gov. Pete Ricketts and other officials celebrated the opening of Travelers Cos.’ new data center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1K3UFjC ) reported.

“I congratulate all of the folks that came together to put this investment in Nebraska. It’s a great day for the state,” Ricketts told a group of about 100 invited to the unveiling.

The 183,000-square-foot facility is expected to employ about 30 people, most in technology jobs. It will be able to manage all of the company’s technology systems, including critical IT infrastructure functions. Travelers operates another data center in the U.S., in Norcross, Georgia, and employs about 30,000 people worldwide.

Andy Bessette, the company’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, said it conducted an extensive search before deciding to build its newest data center in Nebraska. Construction on the 140-acre property began about two years ago.

“We knew Omaha was the right cultural fit,” Bessette said. “Your commitment to economic development, to community, is second to none.”

Brenda Carlisle, chairwoman of the Sarpy County Board, said officials are promoting the location as a good place for other data centers.

“We don’t need a valley,” Carlisle said. “We have a Silicon Prairie of our own.”

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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