27 Feb Google announces $10B U.S. investment across 11 states
Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Wednesday that Google will invest more than $10 billion in offices and data centers across the United States in 2020. In a blog post, Pichai said the investments would primarily focus on 11 states. The list includes California, which is Google’s home state, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.
“These investments will create thousands of jobs, including roles within Google, construction jobs in data centers and renewable energy facilities, and opportunities in local businesses in surrounding towns and communities,” Pichai said. “This effort builds on the momentum of the $13 billion investment in communities from South Carolina to Nevada we made in 2019.”
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Combined with other R&D investments, Google’s parent company Alphabet was the largest investor in the U.S. last year, according to a report from the Progressive Policy Institute.
Mountain View, California-based Google has a presence in 26 states but has been ramping up its data center expansions and build outs as it competes against Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. According to a recent report by Synergy Research Group (SRG), Amazon Web Services had 33% of the market share at the end of the fourth quarter followed by Microsoft (18%), Google (8%), IBM (6%), Alibaba (5%), and Salesforce (3%.)
RELATED: Google pours $600 million into Oklahoma data center expansion
Among this year’s investments, Pichai said Google would open a new Google Operations Center in Mississippi to improve customer support for its users and partners. He also highlighted his visit to Pryor, a town in Mayes County, Oklahoma, last year to announce a $600 million data center expansion, which was Google’s fourth expansion there since 2007.
In September, Pichai announced Google was spending 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) to expand the company’s data footprint across Europe over the next two years. Pichai also announced that Google would invest an additional 600 million euros ($660 million) in its Hamina, Finland data center, bringing its total investment in that data center facility to 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) since 2009.
Earlier in 2019, Google said it was spending $670 million to build a new data center in its existing data center complex in Hamina. And Google said it was spending $1.1 billion to bulk up its data center footprint in the Netherlands.