Hundreds of High Paying Jobs Could Come to WNY

October 13, 2010 Updated Oct 13, 2010 at 7:05 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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October 13, 2010 Updated Oct 13, 2010 at 7:05 PM EDT

A Verizon Data Center is now in the works in the Town of Somerset and could bring hundreds of jobs to the area. The plans aren't set in stone just yet, but if officials can secure the deal it would be one of the largest data centers in the world. Tuesday night in Somerset, representatives from Verizon outlined plans for the 160 acre site off Lake Road in Somerset to residents. The plan would be a $4.5 billion investment and the facility would be more than 500,000 square feet. Officials at the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency say 200 jobs would be created and the averaging salary would be in the $85,000 range. They also estimated about 500 additional jobs would be created during the site's construction.

"These types of projects don't come very often, $85,000 jobs don't come very often, and jobs are important right now if were going to recover from the economy," said NCIDA Chairman Henry Sloma. "Incentive programs draw private business, private investment creates private jobs, and that's what we need."

Officials at the NCIDA say if everything goes according to plan, Verizon could break ground on the project by November 15th.