Bettendorf Council have approved plans for a new data centre to move into the old Eagle Country Market on Devil's Glen Road. The council of the Iowan town have approved rezoning the property on the same night as the public hearing to expedite the process, after the developer warned the city's timeline could put the project in jeopardy.
In addition, Geneseo Communications has been awarded a US$96,000 in direct financial assistance by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, as well as tax benefits through the High Quality Jobs program. The century-old telecommunications company has a history of starting, developing and operating technology-related subsidiaries including long-haul fibre optics, retail computer sales and services and data centre development.
The proposed project in Bettendorf is planned to duplicate the success of its downtown Chicago data centre by leveraging its fibre network that connects Chicago and Denver to major cities in Iowa. The 56,000 sq ft data centre would create 13 jobs, 12 of which are incented, and have a capital investment of nearly US$15 million.