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SALT LAKE CITY -- Construction of the new National Security Agency data center at Camp Williams is expected to be a major difference-maker in the construction jobs market as other projects state-wide start to run down.
Governor's Office of Economic Development Executive Director Spencer Eccles says the project is expected to require 7,000 to 10,000 workers.
"It's a huge deal to have the NSA project here," Eccles told KSL Newsradio Monday. "The seeds that we're planting today are benefiting us 10, 20, 30 years down the road."
Eccles says reputation matters, and completion of the center will show Utah has workers with the technical expertise to complete similar projects in the future.
"This will give us additional opportunities to gain other big construction projects of this nature in the state, and maybe even outside of the state," Eccles said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that Salt Lake City-based Big-D Construction will spearhead the project, along with Dallas-based Balfour Beatty and Redwood City, Calif.-based DPR Construction Inc.
"The fact that it's going to a Utah-based company that's been around for over 42 years is just great news to hear," Eccles said.
The center will occupy 200 acres at Camp Williams. Construction is expected to be completed in June 2012.
Story compiled with contributions from Andrew Adams and The Associated Press.