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Google announces $300M data center expansion in Georgia

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Google announces $300M data center expansion in Georgia

Douglas County expansion needed to meet increased global demand

Today, there are more than 100 billion Google searches every month. In 2008, there were one trillion web addresses. Now, there are 60 trillion. And 300 billion hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute.

Every time you send an email or search for a nearby restaurant, the Internet grows – and our data centers grow too. We have to stay ahead of our users, so they can keep doing what they want to do online. That’s why we’re announcing today our plans to expand the data center in Douglas County, Georgia.

This expansion is part of the gradual process of growing capacity for the future and will allow us to better serve our users around the world.

The new facility will be located adjacent to the existing data center on Riverside Parkway — one of only 13 Google data centers in the world. We’re investing more than $300 million in the project, and once complete, the new data center will create at least 25 new full-time jobs in addition to the more than 350 employees who already work at the existing Douglas County facility.

The new data center will help meet growing demand for Google’s services, including Search, Google+, Gmail, Maps, YouTube and other applications.

Our commitment to Georgia goes far beyond the expansion of our data center facility. We also have an office located in Midtown Atlanta and recently announced plans to bring Google Fiber — our gigabit Internet and TV service — to nine cities in metro Atlanta.

Construction for the new data center is scheduled to begin later this summer and is expected to be operational by the end of 2016.

Quote from Google

“Data centers are the engines of the Internet, and as the Internet grows, our data centers are growing too. Douglas County and the state of Georgia have been excellent partners, enabling us to grow our presence in the state. This expansion will allow us to continue to provide fast and reliable service to millions of people around the clock.” — attributable to Jason Wellman, Google’s data center operations manager

Quotes from Georgia and Douglas County government officials

“Google continues to play a significant role in making Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business. We are pleased that one of the world’s premier technology companies continues to make strategic investments in our state, whether it is this data center expansion, providing jobs, enhancing our technology infrastructure with Google Fiber, or by providing educational programs and technology resources for nonprofits. We are proud that Google is growing in Georgia.” — attributable to Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia

“Much like Google, Douglas County continues to rapidly grow —evolving from a rural area to the economic hub of west Georgia. The expansion of Google’s data center demonstrates our commitment to growth and innovation. We are excited that the Google team has chosen to continue to invest in our community by expanding its home here with us.” — attributable to Tom Worthan, Chairman, Douglas County Board of Commissioners