Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Wednesday that the company will invest more than $13 billion throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the United States with major expansions in 14 states. With this new investment, Google will have a home in 24 states, including data centers in 13 communities.
In the Midwest, Google will continue to expand its presence in Chicago, and it’s developing new data centers in Ohio and Nebraska. The Wisconsin office is set to move into a larger space in the next few months. And the company previously announced that it was opening a Detroit office in Little Caesars Arena.
In the South, Google will open a new office and data center in Virginia, where it will also double its workforce. “And with a new office in Georgia, our workforce will double there as well,” Pichai said. “Data centers in Oklahoma and South Carolina will expand, and we’re developing a new office and data center in Texas.”
Massachusetts has one of Google’s largest sales and engineering communities outside of the Bay Area, and the company is building new office space there. And in New York the company is building the Google Hudson Square campus as an engineering and business hub.
In the West, Google will open its first data center in Nevada, and it will expand its Washington office, a key product and engineering hub. In California, the company will continue with the redevelopment of the Westside Pavilion and the Spruce Goose Hangar in the Los Angeles area.
Pichai said that in the last year, Google hired more than 10,000 people in the U.S. and made over $9 billion in investments. But it’s upping the ante in 2019 with $13 billion in investments. He added that 2019 marks the second consecutive year when Google will be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.
Yesterday, Google Cloud’s new CEO, Thomas Kurian, laid out his 2019 vision, saying Google Cloud was going to significantly expand its sales force. And the business would expand beyond its hyperscale internet clients to go after large customers in six different verticals. “You’ll see us competing much more aggressively as we go forward,” Kurian said.