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New Microsoft, Go Daddy operations & jobs confirmed for Iowa

In the past week, new operations and jobs in Iowa were confirmed for two global technology companies: Microsoft and Go Daddy.

Microsoft’s Iowa-based data center, which was first announced in July 2008, will open in West Des Moines in Spring 2011. The Microsoft facility is valued at $100 million and is expected to generate 25 high paying jobs, according to Governor Chet Culver in a recent Des Moines Register article.

Culver confirms Microsoft data center will be built in West Des Moines

Register Staff Report – June 24, 2010

A long-discussed Microsoft data center planned for West Des Moines is “going forward immediately” and is scheduled to go live “in the spring of 2011,” Gov. Chet Culver said this afternoon.

“This is great news in terms of very good paying construction jobs to build this $100 million facility,” Culver said. “We’re also pleased that, when completed, the data center will create 25 good-paying jobs.” […]

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The second announcement is that Go Daddy, self-described as “the world’s largest Web-hosting and domain name registrar,” will be moving a small office in Cedar Rapids to nearby Hiawatha and expanding immediately. They plan to bring on 60 people right away and 100-200 over the next year.

Go Daddy is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and is led by CEO Bob Parsons. Prior to founding Go Daddy, Parsons founded Parsons Technology in Hiawatha. Intuit acquired the company from Parsons in 1994.

Here is the Go Daddy’s press release on the move:

It’s Official: Go Daddy Opening New Office in…Hiawatha!

Scottsdale, Arizona (June 24, 2010) – Go Daddy, the world’s largest Web-hosting and domain name registrar, is making Hiawatha its new home in eastern Iowa. This means Go Daddy is creating dozens of new jobs almost immediately and hundreds more over the coming months and years.

Go Daddy CEO and founder Bob Parsons, who has a rich history in Iowa, made the announcement today. The decision puts an end to a several-week battle between Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha – two communities that […]

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