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Six surprising ways Cheyenne is right for data centers

Account Manager Black Hills Energy


When you hear “Cheyenne”, chances are you think about cowboys, rodeos, and railroads. And while we’re proud of our western culture, you might be surprised by the “Magic City of the Plains”.

Here are six ways Cheyenne is right for data centers.

  1. Modern telecommunication infrastructure – Cheyenne sits astride an unparalleled convergence of regional and transcontinental fiber optic cables. Much of metro Denver’s digital traffic enters national backbones at Cheyenne and multiple national carriers have a point presence in Cheyenne. There are currently six long haul fiber providers within the Cheyenne footprint.
  2. A business climate that helps your bottom line – The State of Wyoming has been very supportive of data centers, providing a pro-business tax climate: no personal state income tax, no corporate state income taxes, no inventory taxes and low property taxes. They have also provided for several statutorily authorized incentives designed to support the data storage and processing industries. In 2010, the state first approved legislation for a sale and use tax exemption for the purchase and rental of qualifying computer equipment including HVAC and UPS. Wyoming also offers data center cost reduction grants to reimburse utility expenses over three years and has a program to supply data centers with up to $4,000 per employee for training. Plus, data centers are exempt from Industrial Siting Permits, shaving $500K and 18 months off new projects.
  3. Proven success – The new Cheyenne supercomputer at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center is used by more than 2,200 scientists from 300 universities and completes 5.34 quadrillion calculations per second. Further, according to the Wyoming Business Council, Microsoft has expanded in Cheyenne five times and has invested over $1 billion here since 2012. The Business Council also indicates that Green House Data recently invested $35 million in its latest expansion in Cheyenne.
  4. Geographic diversity – A location in Wyoming offers mission critical facilities geographic diversity for their fleets.
  5. An energy partner you can count on – We do more than provide the electrons to fuel your facility. We take our responsibility to deliver safe, reliable service seriously. We’ll come along side you to develop individualized solutions to help your business.
  6. Weather that works for you – According to the National Weather Service, Cheyenne’s average annual temperature is 46.5 degrees, and we average only 10 days per year when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees. 

Learn more about what Cheyenne can offer your next location.