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Department of Economic Development Director Tony Goins and Gov. Pete Ricketts at Google’s $600 million data center announcement in Papillion.

Google on Friday announced plans to build a data center at 14706 Schram Road in Papillion. 

The world’s top internet search company said it will spend $600 million, but it did not provide any other details, including how big the center will be, how many people it will employ and when it is expected to be finished.

Google in February announced plans to build a data center in Nebraska, and a map on its website seemed to indicate it would be built in the Omaha area. At the time, officials already had revealed plans for a large data center at Highway 50 and Schram Road, which was dubbed Project Wizard.

That area is home to several large data centers for companies including Facebook and Travelers Insurance.

Large data center development proposed along I-80 in Lincoln

The $600 million Google is spending is similar to what it has spent recently on other U.S. data centers, and it sparked some speculation that Google might be behind plans for a data center in Lincoln at 56th Street and Interstate 80.

The company behind the project, Agate LLC, reported in tax credit applications that it plans to spend $600 million and initially employ 30 people.

A Google official also told the Omaha World-Herald that the company will initially employ 30 people at the Sarpy County operation.

According to plans submitted to the city, the Lincoln data center campus could cover as much as 2 million square feet on 570 acres and have close to 1,000 employees within 20 years.

The City Council approved the plans last month, and the company has hinted that it could start construction sometime next year.

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Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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