Google to Spend $13B on US Data Centers, Offices This Year

Google on Wednesday announced plans to spend $13 billion on US data centers and offices this year.

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"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," Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. "2019 marks the second year in a row we'll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it."

Following the expansion, Google will have a presence in 24 states.

In the Midwest, Google is developing new data centers in Ohio and Nebraska and plans to soon move its Wisconsin office into a larger space.

In the South, the web giant is developing a new office and data center in Virginia and Texas, a new office in Georgia, and planning to expand its existing data centers in Oklahoma and South Carolina. Following these changes, Google said its workforces in both Virginia and Georgia will double, though it did not specify how many people currently work in those locations.

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In the Northeast, Google is building a new office space in Massachusetts and expects to finish its Hudson Square campus in New York "over the next couple of years."

In the West, the company plans to open its first data center in Nevada, expand its Washington state office, further invest in the Bay Area, and redevelop the Westside Pavillion and Spruce Goose Hangar in the Los Angeles area.

In the last year, Google hired more than 10,000 people in the US and invested $9 billion here, Pichai said.

"Our expansion across the US has been crucial to finding great new talent, improving the services that people use every day, and investing in our business," he added.

Google's US expansion plans come as Amazon is reportedly reconsidering its plans for an East Coast headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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