By Molly Messick
Laramie, WY – Verizon Communications confirms that it has secured an option on 160 acres of land about a half a mile north of Laramie. It's the possible site for what's called a mega data center. A lawmaker familiar with the proposal says the center could be a six billion dollar project that would employ as many as 200 people. But Verizon spokeswoman Lynn Staggs says, if Verizon does decide to build the data center, it would not be that big at the start.
"The way we typically approach building data centers is a phased approach. That's the way we would approach this is a phased approach. So we would build one building and then based on the business needs we would grow the facility at that site."
Staggs says the Wyoming site is on a short list of sites under consideration. Mega data centers have been a major focus of Governor Matt Mead.