In January of 2007, the National Center for Atmospheric Research announced the creation of a supercomputing center to be based in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A partnership among several universities will facilitate the study of climate, weather, and earth sciences, addressing scientific questions regarding climate change and energy research. The center will open in late 2010 or early 2011 and will act as a hub for technology for the region and the country. The initial cost for the 60,000 square foot building to house the facility is $60 million with a projected $530 million cost over the next 20 years. This project will stimulate the economy of the state and the region, attracting businesses as well as the scientific community.