Facebook’s parent company Meta opens data center in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Meta, the parent company of Facebook, will bring an $800 million data center to Kansas City, creating 100 jobs in the area.

The 1 million square foot hyperscale facility will be located in the massive Golden Plains Technology Park, a 5.5 million square foot campus near US Highway 169 and NW 128th Street.

“Meta is excited to call Kansas City our new home. It sets itself apart by offering so much — great access to infrastructure and fiber, a strong pool of talent for both construction and operations, and most importantly, great community partners,” Darcy Nothnagle, director of community and economic development for Meta, said in a statement. “Meta is committed to being a good neighbor and investing years in the region’s long-term vitality.”

Meta is starting construction and plans to be operational in 2024. The Kansas City Area Development Council said it will also bring more than 1,300 jobs to the area during the peak of construction.

“It’s an exciting day in Kansas City as we celebrate Meta’s investment in our community – yet another example of Kansas City’s growing influence in the technology sector. We look forward to growing this partnership and creating new jobs,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.

The social media giant said the project will be powered by 100% renewable energy. Meta’s Kansas City facility will also add renewable energy to the region’s grid and plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

“Meta’s data center in Golden Plains Technology Park is an important investment in economic development and profit for the Kansas City region. We know the company had a choice regarding the location of this major project, and we are proud to be a vital partner to help make it a reality,” said David Campbell, Evergy president and CEO. “We look forward to delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to Meta’s facility, supporting one of the most sustainable data centers in the world.”

The KC Area Development Council said Kansas City is the third fastest growing tech market in the United States and among the top major metros for tech jobs.

“Meta’s selection of KC, along with many other global technology brands in our region, spotlights our thriving technology industry,” said Tim Cowden, president and CEO of the KC Area Development Council. “The opening of the region’s new state-of-the-art, single-terminal airport in March 2023 and our collaborative business community make KC a prime location for other technology companies seeking growth.”

Missouri leaders officially welcomed Meta to the region on Thursday, and look forward to asserting Kansas City’s place as a technology city and bringing more jobs to the area.

“We are proud to welcome Meta to Kansas City for this historic, groundbreaking development that will positively impact our state’s economy for years to come,” Missouri governor Mike Parson said in a statement. “The Show-Me State stands out as an emerging technology hub thanks to our strategic location, skilled workforce and excellent business climate. This unprecedented investment demonstrates that Missouri is open for business and that our state is a prime destination for both high-tech leaders and innovators.”

“Kansas City is a wonderful place to live and work, and I’m excited to see new investment and job growth coming to the area,” said US Senator Roy Blunt. “With our central location and premier colleges and universities, Missouri is well positioned to take advantage of new opportunities in the technology sector. I look forward to seeing the Meta data center anchor new partnerships with schools and local organizations and be part of a great community.”

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