"On Wednesday, April 16th, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and the Hunt family attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open LightEdge Solution's Kansas City new $60 million data center. The underground facility located in the secure subterranean facility built by the Hunt Midwest group who also operates the business park.
SubTropolis Poised to be a Center of Data Commerce Under Kansas City
LightEdge, operates four data center and is based out of Des Moines - it offers cloud computing, colocation and mananged services. The new data center (and phase one of the business park), with 60,000 square feet and 21 employees will act as an anchor for the ""SubTropolis Technology Center"".
This first phase of the STC hopes to attract more diverse technology tenants - according to the President of the Hunt Midwest Real Estate Firm, Ora Reynolds: ""LightEdge's commitment and investment in SubTropolis Technology Center are proof that Kansas City can be the recipient of all that data centers bring, including, high-paying data center jobs, the attraction of new technology companies and manufacturing companies that supply the industry.""
The entire facility comprises 1.4 million square feet of space for new tenants (dwarfing nearby Arrowhead Stadium). Besides the added benefit of it being underground (giving the building built-in security that those that are above ground don't have, plus having layers of limestone as the natural backdrop), Hunt Midwest is banking of the desirability of a climate-controlled locale with reliable electrical power and excellent fiber connectivity.
Underneath Kansas City is One of the World's Largest Data Center Facilities
LightEdge, is owned by the Anschutz Corp. Denver's own billionaire Phil Anschutz (long known for his numerous philanthropic endeavors as well as the Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver) - the data center is controlled by the Anschutz Entertainment Groups which also manages the Sprint Center among others.
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