Google plans to invest $9.5bn in its US offices and data centres this yearLeigh Mc Gowranon April 13, 2022 at 14:03 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Google shared plans today (13 April) to invest $9.5bn into its US offices and data centres over the next year.

The tech giant said it expects to create at least 12,000 new full-time jobs by the end of the year as a result. Google currently has around 94,000 full-time staff throughout the country.

Over the past five years, Google said it has invested more than $37bn into its offices and data centres, creating 40,000 jobs.

The investment plan was shared by Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who said Google’s offices and data centres help contribute to local economies and provide “vital anchors to our local communities”.

“It might seem counterintuitive to step up our investment in physical offices even as we embrace more flexibility in how we work,” Pichai said in a blog post.

“Yet we believe it’s more important than ever to invest in our campuses and that doing so will make for better products, a greater quality of life for our employees, and stronger communities,” Pichai added.

The investment plan includes multiple locations, such as new offices in Texas and Georgia, data centre investment across the US and a $1bn housing commitment in California.

This isn’t the first time Google has expressed interest in local housing issues. Pichai said in an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent in 2019 that subsidising general housing in Dublin is something the company would consider.

The tech giant’s CEO said it expects thousands of jobs to be indirectly created in local communities as a result of the investment.

According to research from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, creating one job at a high-tech firm can lead to four jobs being made in the local economy.

Pichai also shared the tech giant’s environmental plans, including the goal to have all its offices and data centres use carbon-free energy by 2030.

Yesterday (12 April), Google’s parent company Alphabet announced it was in a collaboration with Stripe and others to accelerate the development of permanent carbon removal tech.

The companies plan to commit an initial $925m over the next nine years to purchase carbon removal from suppliers developing and scaling new technologies.

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2020. Image: World Economic Forum/Greg Beadle via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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