Microsoft Announces $3.3 Billion Investment to Transform Wisconsin into an AI Powerhouse

Published May 9, 2024

Microsoft has revealed plans to inject a substantial $3.3 billion investment into Wisconsin, aiming to establish Southeast Wisconsin as a leading center for artificial intelligence (AI). This ambitious initiative is set to catalyze the growth of AI-centric jobs and drive the development of advanced cloud computing and AI infrastructure in the region.

Cultivating AI Skills in Wisconsin's Workforce

The technology giant's investment promises to equip over 100,000 locals with vital AI competencies to ensure they are well-prepared for the evolving digital landscape. Microsoft is determined to leverage AI to bolster the future of Wisconsin's manufacturing sector, noted for its rich heritage of innovation. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s Vice Chair and President, envisions this investment as a pivotal move to enhance the capabilities of businesses flourishing in Wisconsin, regardless of their size or sector.

Building Infrastructure and Jobs

The infusion of funds, which will continue through 2026, is expected to generate approximately 2,300 union construction positions. This is in line with Microsoft’s aims to extend its national cloud and AI infrastructure, specifically with the construction of a cutting-edge data center campus in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.

Partnerships for Education and Innovation

In a collaborative effort with Gateway Technical College, Microsoft plans to create a Data Center Academy to train and certify over 1,000 students, thus bolstering workforce readiness for the emerging data center.

Highlighting the significance of the investment, Governor Tony Evers lauded it as a ‘watershed moment for Wisconsin’, indicative of the state's strong foundation in workforce capabilities and infrastructure. The investment by Microsoft is a testament to Wisconsin's promising future prospects.

An AI Co-Innovation Lab is also in the pipeline for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, with a specific slant towards manufacturing. Microsoft claims it to be the nation’s premier facility of its kind, enabling collaborations between corporations and Microsoft’s AI specialists. This effort is further supported by the Green Bay Packers, who are actively participating in the funding of the AI lab, adding to their ongoing collaboration with Microsoft at TitletownTech near Lambeau Field.

Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers, expressed enthusiasm about the continued partnership with Microsoft, which is poised to flourish with the new AI lab's contributions.

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