The Wall Street Journal has a fun story today about the development going on in Quincy. It attributes the land rush to the datacenters that Microsoft, Yahoo! and Intuit are building there to take advantage of cheap power and fiber optic lines.
Those companies are probably a great addition to Quincy, but the place was having a boom even before word got out about the datacenters. We covered the phenomenon in 2005, noting that wineries and the Gorge music venue are attracting Seattleites and other urban refugees.
The datacenters won’t create that many permanent jobs, after the construction is done.
Microsoft’s center is the biggest of the three, and it’s adding perhaps 40 permanent jobs. If the other centers employ the same number, that’s maybe 120 jobs — hardly enough to fill the 1,000 new homes, hotel and strip mall that were mentioned in the Journal’s story.