POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A data center being built at an FBI site in Pocatello will be hiring 350 employees when finished, federal officials in eastern Idaho said.

The site currently has about 200 workers, the Idaho State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2xy5MkH). The incoming employees will be a combination of new hires and transfers, IT Infrastructure Division Section Chief Michael Malinowski told reporters Wednesday.

"We've always talked to them about 300 to 400 jobs for this data center so it's great news," said Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad.

The Pocatello FBI center provides telecommunications and database support for agency field services throughout the country. It opened in Idaho in 1985.

Bannock County Development Corporation Executive Director John Regetz expects the overall project will add tens of millions of dollars to the local economy.

Officials have said local contractors will be involved in the project.

With average estimated wages of $60,000 per year, the incoming employees also have the potential to boost Pocatello's businesses and retail sector, Regetz said.

He also expects training partnerships with Idaho State University could come in the future.

"It could really expand our high-tech talent base," he said.

Crews began constructing the new 100,000-square foot (9,290 sq. meters) data center in August. It should be completed early 2019, according to Malinowski.

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Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com