[UPDATED] State Regulators OK Google Electricity Contracts For $600M Becker Project

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Updated 5/15/19 1:00pm CST: State regulators OK Google electricity contracts for $600M Becker project.

Updated 3/27/19 12:45pm CST: Sherburne County votes to grant Google a tax abatement worth about $7.8 million over the 20-year period.

Updated 2/25/19 9:30am CST:  Google wants Sherburne County and the city of Becker to waive 20 years worth of future taxes, a $15m tax abatement, and a $20m state bond.

Originally posted via Star Tribune on 1/10/2019 titled: “Google Is Looking At Becker, Minn. For A $600m+ Wind-Powered Data Center ”

“Google is looking at Becker to build a giant data center that would cost at least $600 million and be powered by two dedicated wind farms.

The data center, essentially a big building full of servers, was disclosed Thursday in a regulatory filing by Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, which is playing a big role in the project. The Google server farm would create about 50 full-time tech jobs and around 2,000 construction jobs over 18 to 24 months.”

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[UPDATED] 600,000+ Square Foot ‘Technology Campus’ Could Cozy Up To MOA

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Updated 3/15/19 1pm CST: Sick AG, makers of sensors for industrial automation applications, is the company in question. A paywalled report says they are seeking $32 million in public funding for the project, with aspirations of employing 1,500 by year 2035.  Based in Waldkirch, Germany, Sick AG brought in $1.7 billion revenue in 2017.

Original Via Finance and Commerce 2/25/19:

“An unnamed company is proposing to build more than 600,000 square feet of tech production and office space on land the city of Bloomington owns kitty corner across from the Mall of America.

The Bloomington Planning Commission will consider on Feb. 28 making a “technology campus” an approved use for industrial property at 2501, 2601, and 2701 American Blvd. E. and 2600 Lindau Lane. The measure is a response to interest from a “high-tech company looking to establish a regional headquarters” in the city’s South Loop District, according a city staff report.”

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Frontier, Recipient Of Over $100m In Grants, Is Under Investigation In MN

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Via Star Tribune

“Frontier Communications has received over $100 million in federal grants to improve rural broadband in Minnesota over the past four years, yet complaints about its internet service suffuse a state investigation of the company.

Minnesota regulators last year commissioned an inquiry into Frontier after fielding numerous complaints. In January, the Minnesota Department of Commerce issued a report concluding Frontier may have broken at least 35 state laws and failed its customers with shoddy service and inadequate network investment.”

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Minnesota’s New Economic Developer Wastes No Time With Corporate Welfare Agenda

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Minnesota’s new economic development lead under governor Tim Walz is in a hurry to push the State’s corporate welfare agenda onto the tech sector.

Hours after Steve Grove was named Commissioner at the Department of Economic and Employment Development (DEED) last Friday, the Star Tribune published a coordinated opinion piece authored by him.

In it, he talks about how Minnesota’s technology sector needs an “urgent reboot” even a “miracle” under a broad state-sponsored publicly financed spending plan.

The 1,500+ word appeal begins with some nostalgia from our bygone days of Control Data – the supercomputing firm that was big here post-WW2 yet didn’t have enough “innovation” to make it through the 80’s in one piece.

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