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Google investing $13 billion in 2019 to expand U.S. data centers, offices

Feb. 15, 2019

This year, Google plans to spend more than $13 billion to expand its U.S. data centers and offices, the company’s CEO announced Wednesday.

In a post on Google’s “The Keyword" blog, chief executive Sundar Pichai said the investment will include “major expansion” in 14 states, and when all is said and done, the company will have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities.

“These new investments will give us the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable the creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia,” Pichai wrote. “This growth will allow us to invest in the communities where we operate, while we improve the products and services that help billions of people and businesses globally. Our new data center investments, in particular, will enhance our ability to provide the fastest and most reliable services for all our users and customers.”

Pichai added that 2019 marks the second straight year that the Mountain View, CA-based technology giant will grow faster outside of the San Francisco Bay area than in it. Pichai said that in 2018 the company hired more than 10,000 people in the U.S. and made more than $9 billion in investments.

Pichai also touched on Google’s commitment to 100% renewable energy purchasing, stating that the company is making significant U.S. investments during the company’s growth.

“Our data centers make a significant economic contribution to local communities, as do the associated $5 billion in energy investments that our energy purchasing supports,” Pichai said.

Pichai’s blog post included an animated U.S. map showing where the company’s seven new data centers and 10 new offices are planned, along with existing such facilities. He then broke down the investment plan further by region. Here are the highlights:

Midwest:

  • New office in Chicago
  • New data centers in Ohio and Nebraska
  • Existing Wisconsin office to move into larger space
  • Detroit office opened in November

South:

  • Virginia workforce will double with a new office and data center
  • Georgia workforce will also double with a new office
  • Expansion of data centers in Oklahoma and South Carolina
  • New office and data center in Texas

Northeast:

  • New office space in Massachusetts, which has one of Google’s largest sales and engineering communities outside of Silicon Valley
  • New York’s Google Hudson Square Campus—a major product, engineering, and business hub— will “come to life over the next couple of years”

West:

  • Open first data center in Nevada
  • Expand Washington office
  • California investments include redevelopment of the Westside Pavilion, and Spruce Goose Hangar in the Los Angeles area

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