Google to Invest $13B in 2019 on New Data Centers, Offices Across the United States
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — Google (Nasdaq: GOOGL) has announced plans for more than $13 billion in investments during 2019 in data centers and offices across the United States, with major expansions in 14 states.
According to a blog post written by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, this will mark the second year in a row that Google will grow faster outside the Bay Area than within it.
With the expansions, Mountain View-based Google expects to hire tens of thousands of employees across the country, including 10,000 construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, South Carolina and Virginia. The tech-giant will have a presence in 24 states, as well as data centers in 13 communities.
“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,” Pichai said in the blog post. “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.”
In the Western States, south Nevada is set to get a new data center.
In the Midwest, data centers will pop up in Ohio, Nebraska and Iowa.
In the South, Virginia and Texas will get new data centers, while South Carolina and Oklahoma’s respective centers will expand.
Office space for Google is growing in the Midwest, with the Milwaukee office set to move into a larger area this year, as well as a new office space coming up in Chicago. This is in addition to the new office space in Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons.
In the South, Virginia and Georgia’s workforce will double, while Texas will get new office space. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Google will lease a 35-story tower under construction in downtown Austin.
New York will see growth with the addition of Google Hudson Square Campus, a product, engineering and business hub.
In the Los Angeles area, Google is working on two redevelopments: Westside Pavilion and Spruce Goose Hangar. Westside Pavilion will serve 584,000 square feet of office space at the former Westside Pavilion shopping mall. The hangar redevelopment has converted four stories and more than 450,000 square feet of former airplane use into office space. Google will also expand its existing office in Washington state.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in September 1998. Since then, the company has grown to more than 90,000 employees worldwide and established or purchased products and platforms like Search, Maps, Ads, Gmail, Android, Chrome and YouTube.
In October 2015, Alphabet Inc. became the parent holding company of Google.
Alphabet’s stock price closed at $1,128.63 per share Wednesday, up from $1,070.72 per share on Feb. 14, 2018.
— Alex Tostado