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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CT

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Jen Rae Hein, Gov's Office
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Nebraska Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for Yahoo! Data Center

(La Vista, Neb.) PHOTO GALLERY | WELCOME PHOTO GALLERY | - Gov. Dave Heineman, state and local representatives and other special guests joined Yahoo! executives to celebrate the opening of Yahoo!’s new data center facility today in LaVista.

Yahoo! representatives taking part in the ribbon-cutting included Jerry Yang, co-founder and chief Yahoo!, David Dibble, executive vice president of service engineering and operations, and Scott Noteboom, director of data center engineering operations.

State Attorney General Jon Bruning, U.S Rep. Lee Terry and LaVista Mayor Doug Kindig participated in the event, along with representatives of the team involved in recruiting Yahoo! to Nebraska last year. Organizations included: the Nebraska Departments of Economic Development and Revenue, the Greater Omaha Area Chamber of Commerce, Omaha Public Power District, the Sarpy County Board, and Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation. 

"I want to congratulate the team that helped recruit this project to our state," Gov. Heineman said. "Your work made all the difference. We were aggressive in our efforts to bring Yahoo! to Nebraska. But in many ways this recruitment effort was typical of the way we recruit any new business. We worked together, we did our homework, we were persistent, and it paid off. This was an outstanding partnership and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with Yahoo!."

Yahoo! hosted the grand opening celebration of the new Nebraska data center, and provided media and guests a tour of the newly opened facility. Yahoo! is expected to employ approximately 200 people at the new Yahoo! Data Center and the Sales and Customer Support Center, both located in the greater Omaha area. 

Dibble said, "Yahoo! takes its citizenship within Omaha’s community very seriously and we’re grateful for the incredible level of support we’ve received from local and state government, along with Nebraska’s residents and local businesses who truly made this project a success. Our new facilities in the Omaha area will help Yahoo! serve billions of advertisements each day and service more than 600 million Yahoo! users from around the world each month. Yahoo! thanks Omaha for being a part of the next phase of growth for the Internet."

Noteboom said, "I couldn’t be happier with our decision to set up shop in Omaha. There were close to 600 local contractors, developers, electricians and other trade experts from the Omaha region who put in close to 140,000 hours in order to complete this project. I’d like to thank all of the those workers, as well as the local, state and other government agencies, local businesses, community and our new workforce who supported Yahoo!’s data and call center expansion to Nebraska."

Mayor Kindig said, "The Yahoo! team in LaVista wasted no time in connecting themselves to the local community. This past summer they went above and beyond the call of duty in rehabilitating a LaVista home – a project that clearly communicated Yahoo!’s philosophy of community involvement. We look forward to future community projects with this team of Yahoo! employees."

David Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber, said, "Opening this data center completes the vision Yahoo! had when they selected greater Omaha as the location for this state-of-the-art facility. Yahoo! recognized our well-educated, productive workforce and affordable, quality of life as real incentives in recruiting and hiring people to fill their high-tech jobs. Their investment acknowledges our location at the crossroads of the nation’s telecommunications network – making us a core Internet city."

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! attracts hundreds of millions of users every month through its innovative technology and engaging content and services, making it one of the most trafficked Internet destinations and a world-class online media company. Yahoo!’s vision is to be the center of people's online lives by delivering personally relevant, meaningful Internet experiences. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit pressroom.yahoo.com or the company’s blog, Yodel Anecdotal (yodel.yahoo.com).

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