Microsoft Investing $3.3B For AI Data Center In Mount Pleasant, WI

The broad investment package will strengthen Southeast Wisconsin as a hub for AI-powered innovation and job growth.

Governor Tony Evers welcomed President Joe Biden back to Wisconsin and joined Microsoft officials to celebrate Microsoft’s investment of $3.3 billion between now and the end of 2026 to expand its national cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure capacity through the development of a state-of-the-art data center campus in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. The project is expected to bring 2,000 union construction jobs to the area by the end of this year, as well as provide long-term employment opportunities over the next several years. Microsoft is also announcing the establishment of a long-term partnership to advance the state’s global leadership in AI and advanced manufacturing.

The new Microsoft data center will be located in Mount Pleasant, WI, about 30 miles outside Milwaukee, WI. (Photo: Adobe Stock/Kovcs).

“This is a watershed moment for Wisconsin and a critical part of our work to build a 21st-century workforce and economy in the Badger State,” said Gov. Evers. “Microsoft is a blue-chip corporation that recognizes the strength of Wisconsin’s workers, infrastructure, economy, and our quality of life. Microsoft has chosen to locate and invest here because they know the future is here in Wisconsin.”

Last November, Gov. Evers announced Microsoft would invest billions of dollars to expand its data center footprint in Mount Pleasant, a move that would bring significant benefits to both the local community and the entire state. Wednesday, Microsoft officials confirmed that it will invest $3.3 billion between now and the end of 2026 in the Mount Pleasant data center.

Microsoft will pair its data center investment with a broad investment package designed to strengthen the role of Southeast Wisconsin as a hub for AI-powered economic activity, innovation, and job creation. These investments include the creation of an AI co-innovation lab, and an AI skilling initiative to equip more than 100,000 of the state’s residents with essential AI skills.

With partnership from TitletownTech and the Green Bay Packers, Microsoft will establish a manufacturing focused AI Co-Innovation Lab on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the first of its kind in the United States. This lab will connect Wisconsin manufacturers, entrepreneurs, and established companies with Microsoft’s AI experts and developers to design and prototype AI and cloud solutions to improve and accelerate their work and grow their business. Microsoft’s Wisconsin AI Co-Innovation Lab at UW-Milwaukee will join six other such facilities operated by Microsoft worldwide. Currently, only two are in the United States. The lab is expected to provide at least 60 manufacturers a year with guidance on implementing AI technology to grow their businesses.

Gov. Evers announced that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is providing a $500,000 grant to support capital improvements necessary for the success of the Co-Innovation Lab at UW-Milwaukee. WEDC is also providing a $500,000 grant to assist TitletownTech in opening a new, full-time TitletownTech-Milwaukee office within the Wisconsin AI Co-Innovation Lab to reach more entrepreneurs and start-ups.

“Microsoft’s willingness to invest not just in its data center but in businesses throughout our state is a win for the people of Wisconsin,” said WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “This was clearly an all-hands moment. But when the call came, we did what we do best in Wisconsin — we pulled together because we all saw the incredible opportunity in front of us, and we all wanted to make it happen.”

In response to Microsoft’s commitment to make significant investments in Wisconsin, Gov. Evers signed bipartisan legislation in the 2023-25 biennial budget designed to put the state in a more competitive position for data center investments. In addition, Wisconsin’s recent designation as a Regional Tech Hub also acted as a catalyst for the decision to develop in the state. The news also comes as, last month, the Biden Administration announced the city of Milwaukee as one of four new “Workforce Hubs” across the country, further highlighting the impact of the growing regional economy of Southeast Wisconsin.

Last August, Gov. Evers signed Executive Order #211, which created the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence to study how AI will transform business, education, and other key sectors of the state economy.

Gov. Evers and Secretary Hughes also highlighted the close collaboration between WEDC, Racine County, the village of Mount Pleasant, and the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development organization for the state’s success in attracting Microsoft to Wisconsin.

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