DEVO doesn’t have the monopoly on high-tech spuddery, anymore! Shannon Dininny of the Associated Press (via The Washington Post) writes:

Curt Morris, Port of Quincy board president, stands Thursday, March 23, 2006, on a bluff overlooking a new residential development on the banks of the Columbia River west of Quincy, Wash. The city of Quincy has received two proposals from Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. to build massive data storage centers in the area, which has also drawn the interest of residential developers. (AP Photo/Shannon Dininny)

QUINCY, WASH. – In the heart of potato country, a high-tech boom is taking place. Technology giants Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are planning to build massive data storage centers amid the sagebrush and farm fields of rural central Washington.

The draw appears to be the region’s relatively cheap land, inexpensive hydropower and wide-open space, and although neither agreement has been finalized, local officials are hopeful that Grant County will become more than the nation’s leading supplier of spuds.

“This could be a real boon to Quincy and to Grant County,” said Curt Morris, Port of Quincy board president. “It’s bringing renewed optimism to the people of the town, especially the business owners. We’re interested to see where it takes us