Google touts data centers' impact following Alabama groundbreaking

A new report states that Google has invested $10.5 billion in its U.S. data centers.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 8:06 AM
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 8:43 AM

Two weeks after it broke ground on a new data center in Alabama, Google is touting their impact on the communities they've joined.

On Monday, Google released the findings of a new analysis of their current six data centers. The study, conducted by Oxford Economics, showed that as of 2016, the centers have generated $1.3 billion in economic impact and created 11,000 jobs.

Google Data Centers - North America

Location Year Opened Total Investment (billions)
Berkeley County, SC 2006 $1.8
Caldwell County, NC 2008 $1.2

Douglas County, GA

2006 $1.2
Jackson County, AL 2018 (ground breaking)      N/A
Mayes County, OK 2008 $2.0
Montgomery County, TN 2018 (ground breaking) N/A
Pottawattamie County, IA      2008 $2.5
Wasco County, OR 2006 $1.8

Part of those jobs come from the campuses themselves. According to the report, 1,900 people are directly employed by Google. The study estimates that about 1,100 people are hired each year for construction jobs at the centers.

"On-campus activity is further supported by an external supply chain that employs nearly 3,500 additional workers. As those employed directly on campus and in the supply chain spend their wages, a further 4,700 jobs are supported in the wider consumer economy, for example, in retail and leisure establishments," the report states.

The $600 million center coming to Stevenson in Jackson County will be the eighth such center for the tech giant. Back in February, Google broke ground on the seventh center located in Clarksville, TN, according to the Associated Press.

While the Stevenson site is expected to bring in about 100 high-tech jobs directly, the report estimates that each direct job at the tech center supports about 4.9 additional jobs.

To date, Google has invested $10.5 billion into its data centers.

The company also emphasized their push to for green energy, which would be incorporated into the function of the Stevenson site.

"Last year, we became the first company of our size to purchase enough energy from soureces like wind and solar to exceed the amount of electricity used by our operations around the world, including offices and data centers," said Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure.

The first buildings in Jackson County are expected to be complete in early 2019.

To read the full report, click here.

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