Utah officials quiet on whether Facebook data project still alive

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Gov. Gary Herbert says a Salt Lake City suburb’s efforts to entice a new Facebook data center with millions of dollars in tax breaks may be over and local officials are keeping quiet on whether the project is still alive.

An initial plan to offer about $240 million in tax breaks over fell apart late last month after local leaders said the offer was too generous.

After state and county officials rejected the offer, the city of West Jordan said on Aug. 23 it would end negotiations. The city then reversed course the next day, saying it was still interested and would restart talks with the company.

Herbert said Wednesday that the issue seems “dormant at best and maybe lost.”

West Jordan city spokeswoman Kim Wells said in a statement that the city hasn’t started new negotiations.

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