Google has announced that it will build a $600m, 275,000ft² data centre in New Albany, US, as part of a $13bn nationwide expansion in 2019 in data centres and offices across the country, with major expansions in 14 states.
In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company will take up major expansion in 14 states.
The new investments will enable the company to hire tens of thousands of employees and create more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia.
He said: “With this investment, Google will have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities. 2019 marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.
“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.”
He said that the company is also making substantial renewable energy investments in the US as part of its commitment to 100% renewable energy purchasing.
In the US Midwest, the company will expand its presence in Chicago and is developing new data centres in Ohio and Nebraska.
The Wisconsin office will be shifted to a larger space in the next few months, and in last November, the company opened a Detroit office in Little Caesars Arena.
In the south, Google will double the workforce in Virginia and open a data centre in Georgia. Data centres in Oklahoma and South Carolina will also be expanded. A new office and data centre is also being developed in Texas.
Referring to the US northeast, the Google CEO said that Massachusetts has one of the largest sales and engineering communities outside of the Bay Area, and the company is building new office space there.
The Google Hudson Square campus in New York will also be established over the next couple of years.
In the west, Google will open its first data centre in Nevada and expand its Washington office.
In addition to investments in the Bay Area, the company will continue to invest in California, with the redevelopment of the Westside Pavillion and the Spruce Goose Hangar in the Los Angeles area.
Image: Google officials at the opening of a data centre in 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Google.