Data-Center Developer: Tech Jobs Offer City Hope
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It began with a New York Times article yesterday. Since then, the city has been buzzing over the idea of becoming a “regional hub” for data-center and software companies.
Bob Guller, a local real estate and data center developer, says the city offers a lot for tech companies in need of space and power.
“First, it’s got a wonderful stock of heavy, old buildings, some of which were built for industrial businesses,” Guller said. “And we also have a great underground power grid that, no matter what the snow does, no matter what the wind does, no matter what the ice does, the power in downtown St. Louis stays on.”
Guller was a guest on the Charlie Brennan Show this morning. He says electricity in the city isn’t only abundant but also cheap.
“Ameren does a nice job of keeping rates low because we’re a power producer and not a power exporter,” Guller said. “Power rates here, in St. Louis, are very attractive and that’s a very large input for a data center.”
The entire interview can be heard here: