MLB data center in Omaha: Big name, few jobs

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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 12:00 am

A reader asked us on Facebook if the new MLB Advanced Media data center in Omaha would bring any jobs to the city. Our story Sunday didn't mention it, but Level 3 Communications, which is subleasing an area of the Scott Data Center to MLBAM, said it would add “a small number of people” to support the data center.

Data centers typically aren't big jobs stories, and it's hard to quantify the economic impact since, in this case at least, all the parties declined to discuss their investment or costs in the project. Level 3 officials told me that Omaha's location, level of fiber optic network connectivity and low power costs all contributed to this site being chosen for MLBAM, along with the Scott Data Center's wind-resistant design. They don't want a hurricane in New York or a tornado in Omaha knocking out coverage of a Giants game far from the storm.

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