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February 9, 2006 at 3:44 PM

Yahoo! wanders north to … Wenatchee!

Looking for a good location to plant a few hundred servers, Yahoo! found it in a four-story building in Wenatchee. The Internet megaportal signed a $6.23 million, 10-year deal to open a data center in Wenatchee’s Confluence Technology Center.

That’s good news for the county, which broke ground on the building the week after Sept. 11, 2001, and has struggled to fill it with the high-tech tenants it envisioned.

Yahoo!, which calls Sunnyvale, Calif., home, will occupy 45,000 square feet on three floors and pay $10,000 a month to rent office space alone. No word on how many people will work at the facility, but Port of Chelan County Director Mark Urdahl said the number will be a “modest” two dozen in the beginning.

They won’t have much of a view. The center overlooks the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, but a ventilation system to circulate air around the servers will block the scenery, Urdahl said.

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