Google plans a $13bn expansion to its US data centers

The company will be building new data centers across the US as it expands into key locations, including major expansions in 14 states

14Feb

Google has announced that in 2019 it will be investing $13bn building new data centers and offices in an effort to expand into key locations across the US, including major expansions in 14 states.

The new investments will give the tech colossus the capacity to hire "tens of thousands" of employees as well as creating more than 10,000 construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. The investment will mean the company will have a base in 24 US states.

"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," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai. "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 Google is "proud to say that our US footprint is growing rapidly". Last year, the company hired more than 10,000 people in the US and invested more than $9bn in the economy, growth it plans to continue in 2019.

The company added that, as part of Google's commitment to 100% renewable energy purchasing, it will be making significant investments into renewable energy over the coming year.

"Our data centers make a significant economic contribution to local communities, as do the associated $5bn in energy investments that our energy purchasing supports," Pichai added.

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