Joe Biden to Unveil Microsoft’s $3.3 Billion AI Investment in Wisconsin

Joe Biden to Unveil Microsoft’s $3.3 Billion AI Investment in Wisconsin
Joe Biden to Unveil Microsoft’s $3.3 Billion AI Investment in Wisconsin

President Joe Biden will travel to the political battleground state of Wisconsin on Wednesday to announce Microsoft Corp.’s plan. to build a $3.3 billion high-tech data center that will create thousands of jobs, the White House said.

Microsoft’s facility in Racine County, southeastern Wisconsin, will be built on the same land where Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn planned to build a $10 billion factory that former President Donald Trump called it the “eighth wonder of the world,” before Foxconn radically scaled back its plans.

Microsoft’s plans will result in 2,300 union construction jobs and some 2,000 permanent jobs over time, the White House said. Nearly 4,000 jobs have been created in Racine since Mr. Biden took office, while about 1,000 manufacturing jobs were lost under the Trump administration.

Microsoft will partner with Gateway Technical College to train 1,000 people in data centers and other functions by 2030, and will work to train 1,000 business leaders to adopt AI in their activities, the White House said,

“Together, these investments will position the industrial core to pave the way for the industries of the future,” the White House said.

Mr. Biden, a Democrat, will also use his fourth trip of the year to Wisconsin – one of seven key states for his re-election in 2024 – to meet with volunteers from Racine’s black community, his campaign said.

Mr. Biden is seeking to shore up support among black voters ahead of the November presidential election, as national polls have him tied with Republican Mr. Trump.

The president will meet with volunteers who campaign officials are training to use a new cellphone app that helps voters connect with people they already know to raise votes.

Joe Biden’s campaign announced Wednesday the launch of a $14 million advertising campaign, which will include a seven-figure investment targeting Black, Latino and Asian voters. The campaign will also release a commercial on Thursday called “Terminate,” which will focus on Mr. Trump’s attacks on the American health care system.

The campaign said it was expanding its operations and would have 200 offices and 500 staffers by the end of May. It also plans to expand its outreach to small businesses this month, as part of a broader push to expand into key communities. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; additional reporting by Nandita Bose; writing by Leslie Adler)

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