Culver’s comments after meeting Microsoft managers

As you may know, Governor Chet Culver (D-Iowa) flew to Washington state today to meet with Microsoft managers about the facility they planned to build in West Des Moines.  Here is the statement from Culver which was just emailed to reporters.


DES MOINES – Following a meeting with officials from Microsoft in Redmond, WA today, Governor Chet Culver said the company remains committed to their major project in Iowa.

Last August, West Des Moines was selected as the site of the company’s new data center; in January, Microsoft announced the project may be delayed because of the economic downturn. Governor Culver met with Microsoft officials to ask them to continue with plans for their project.

Governor Culver released the following statement following today’s meeting:

“I had a very positive, productive meeting with Microsoft today about their plans for Iowa. In fact, I’ve been assured by Microsoft that it is not a question of ‘if’ but of ‘when’ they move forward with this project in Iowa. They understand Iowa has a great workforce, a great quality of life, and is a great place to do business. And I look forward to Microsoft playing a role in Iowa’s economic success story.

“We also had a good discussion about how technologies which Iowa has been a leader in developing, such as maximizing the use of wind and renewable energy, could play a role in the success of Microsoft’s new facility.

“I am absolutely committed to bringing high-quality, innovative jobs to Iowa, and I am glad that Microsoft can be an important part of that effort.”

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.