Council Bluffs, Iowa
Google is proud to call Iowa one of our data center homes.
In 2007, we announced plans to construct a data center complex in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Then in 2012 and 2015, we announced expansions of our local data center facilities. Over time, we've invested over $2.5 billion and have established a long-term commitment to the region and state. Now a fully operational site, we've created over 400 jobs on site, and we work hard to support the communities in which our employees live and work.
Since 2009, we've awarded more than $3 million to local schools and nonprofits. Additionally, in 2011, we partnered with the City of Council Bluffs to launch a free WiFi network for everyone in and around Council Bluffs, the BLink-Bluffs Free Community WiFi program.
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Related sitesEconomic impact report
Read how Google Data Centers support the economy in Iowa.Podcast: Where the Internet Lives
Learn about the fascinating world of data centers in this six-episode podcast that explores the technology, people, and places that make the internet run.The magic behind the cloud
See how Google Data Centers keep the internet up and running while supporting their communities.The Data Center Mural Project
Artist Gary Kelley illustrated a series of monotype images on the outside of our Council Bluffs data center that cataloged the history of the city.
Google hires the most qualified individuals from around the world. We make it a priority to hire from the local community whenever possible because it’s good for business and the right thing to do.
We also seek to contract with local vendors whenever possible. If you are a vendor or are interested in providing a service to Google, please learn more on our supplier help website. You may also want to complete the Supplier Diversity Registration of Interest form.Find available positions at our data center
In the community
At Google, we’re committed to playing a positive role in every community in which we operate around the world. Through grants and local initiatives that utilize our tools and expertise, we’re working to help businesses, educational institutions, community collaboratives, nonprofits, and individuals create and thrive in a sustainable, knowledge-based economy. We are always on the lookout for opportunities for Googlers to share their time and expertise with the local community.
Google's community contributions by the numbers:
$2.5 billion: Investment in Council Bluffs since the data center was built in 2007.
$3 million: Total in charitable giving dollars donated to nonprofits and schools in Iowa since 2009.
50%: Percent less energy consumed at Google facilities, compared to a typical data center.
Partnerships and eventsGoogle works with local organizations to sponsor several community events each year, from promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to helping small businesses get online.
Since 2009, we’ve awarded more than $2 million in grants to Iowa nonprofits and schools in areas that we’re passionate about, including science and technology education, carbon reduction, and access to the internet.
Learn more about our Data Center Community Grants program, eligibility criteria, and how to apply.
Green initiativesGoogle is also committed to creating a better web that's better for the environment. We welcome proposals from data center communities that reduce carbon emissions in the immediate region, including projects that increase the renewable energy mix powering our data centers. Applicants can be nonprofit or for-profit entrepreneurs. We look for cost of generation, innovation, and total carbon reduction. You can submit proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.