Nebraska Data Center Near Completion for Travelers

Insurance provider Travelers Cos. is working to complete its newest Nebraska data center in Sarpy County, which is just south of Omaha. The company broke ground on the facility just over a year ago and plans to have the structure operational by spring 2015.

Once completed, the Omaha data center will include 190,000 square feet of space to house the insurer's servers and data infrastructure. The facility also features a 41-acre campus between Highway 50 and 150th Street.

Fred Uhe, director of community and government relations for Sarpy County, noted that the Nebraska data center is one of the most visible structures from Highway 50. The project will cost approximately $200 million altogether, with $4.5 million of that being devoted to infrastructure costs, including paving the campus's surrounding roads.

When the data center is operational, it will provide employment opportunities for 30 individuals. However, the construction phase employed more than 300 local workers.

"[M]ost of [the] equipment and services have come from local businesses in the surrounding areas," said Travelers spokesman Matthew Bordonaro. "Community is a big part of who we are, and we want to bring that to Omaha."

Sarpy County board chair Jim Warren added the following: "The new data center announced by Travelers continues the county's proactive involvement in extending infrastructure to spur growth. Travelers' decision to locate in Sarpy County demonstrates that our positive business environment is very attractive for companies looking to make major investments."

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