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Microsoft Invests $3.3 Billion in AI and Cloud Datacenter in Wisconsin

Microsoft invests $3 billion in AI and Cloud datacenter in Wisconsin, creating jobs and fostering AI innovation.

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has announced a $3.3 billion investment to construct a new AI and cloud datacenter in southeast Wisconsin. This initiative, revealed in partnership with the Biden administration, aims to strengthen the United States' infrastructure and leadership in artificial intelligence. The announcement was made in Racine County, WI, featuring President Joe Biden and Microsoft President Brad Smith. The project is expected to create 2,300 union construction jobs by 2025 and provide numerous long-term technology employment opportunities.

Strategic Partnerships and Community Impact

Microsoft is collaborating with Gateway Technical College to launch an academy focused on datacenter technology. This program is designed to train over 1,000 students in the next five years, equipping them for the growing number of tech-related jobs in the area. Additionally, Microsoft is working with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to establish a -focused AI Co-Innovation Lab. This lab will connect Wisconsin manufacturers and businesses with Microsoft's AI experts and developers to create AI and cloud solutions that improve operational efficiency and business growth. The initiative aims to support 270 Wisconsin companies by 2030, with a focus on 135 manufacturing firms.

Sustainability and Future Outlook

As part of its investment, Microsoft is partnering with National Grid to build a new 250-megawatt solar project, scheduled to be operational by 2027. This project will contribute $20 million to a community fund to help under-resourced areas. The new datacenter will also feature a closed-loop water system for cooling, reflecting Microsoft's commitment to environmental sustainability.

has commended Microsoft's investment as a positive development for the administration's infrastructure and AI strategies, noting the training programs as a way to equip workers with AI skills and technologies, ensuring they benefit from the AI economy. This initiative by Microsoft highlights the company's commitment to advancing technology and sustainable development, while also fostering job creation in the technology sector.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.