Google’s offices and data centres serve as crucial anchors in our communities, allowing us to contribute to their economies. In the United States, we’ve spent more than $37 billion in our offices and data centres in 26 states over the last five years, producing over 40,000 full-time employees. This is in addition to the more than $40 billion we spend on research and development in the United States in 2020 and 2021.
Today, we announced plans to spend nearly $9.5 billion in our US headquarters and data centres through 2022. (Full specifics about where we’re investing may be seen below.) Along with these investments, we anticipate creating at least 12,000 new full-time Google positions by the end of the year, as well as thousands more among our local suppliers, partners, and customers.
Investing in our future offices and data centres
It may appear contradictory to increase our investment in physical workplaces while embracing greater flexibility in how we operate. Nonetheless, we feel that investing in our campuses is more vital than ever and that doing so will result in better products, a higher quality of life for our employees, and stronger communities.
Our direct and indirect contributions to communities begin with the employment we produce. According to a new study released today by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, generating one job at a high-tech business produces more than four more employment in the local economy.
Simultaneously, our data centre investments will continue to enable the digital tools and services that help individuals and organisations grow. And, as we work toward running our offices and data centres on carbon-free energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week by 2030, we’re aiming to set new standards for green building design, including pursuing certification through the International Living Future Institute for buildings like our new Sunnyvale, California, office.
Job creation and community development
We are also releasing our 2021 Economic Impact Report today, which highlights Google’s broader economic contribution. According to the research, we contributed $617 billion in economic activity to millions of American companies, organisations, creators, developers, and publishers last year. Furthermore, the Android app economy generated approximately two million job creations last year, and YouTube’s creative ecosystem will support 394,000 employment in 2020.
From our role as a founding member of the Michigan Central innovation district in Detroit to our $100 million Google Career Certificates Fund — a new financial model for helping people access education and digital skills — we continue to help people get the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy.
Where we want to invest in 2022
Here are some further insights on where we will invest in 2022.
In Georgia, we’re launching a new Atlanta office this year and continue to invest in our Douglas County data centre. In Texas, we’re also making work on our new downtown Austin office, which is presently under construction, and we’re continuing to invest in our Midlothian data centre. And we’re continuing to invest in our data centres in Tennessee, Virginia, and Oklahoma.
We are continuing to invest in our data centres in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.
The East Region
We continue to invest in our long-term New York office presence, as well as in our Cambridge and Pittsburgh campuses.
The Central Region
In Boulder, we’re still expanding our campus.
The Western Region
As part of our $1 billion housing pledge, we will continue to invest in our workplaces and support affordable housing projects in the Bay Area. We’ve also constructed a new office in downtown Portland and are continuing to invest in our data facility in The Dalles. We’re also investing in our Washington State campuses in Kirkland and Seattle. In Nevada, our data centre in Storey County is already online, with plans to expand it, and we’re also increasing our investment in our Henderson site.
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