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Google Welcomed to Nebraska's 'Silicon Prairie'
Nebraska Ag Connection - 02/14/2019

Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news from Google that they would make an investment in Nebraska.

"Nebraska has built a reputation for itself as the Silicon Prairie and a hub for tech companies, start ups, and entrepreneurs," said Ricketts. "Today's announcement from Google underscores that reputation and will bring great opportunities for Nebraskans. We appreciate the work of all the partners who teamed up to successfully promote Nebraska as the destination for Google's next investment."

"Today we're announcing over $13 billion in investments throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states," Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a company blog. "These new investments will give us the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable the creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. With this new investment, Google will now have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities. 2019 marks the second year in a row we'll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.

"We're continuing to expand our presence in Chicago and are 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 last November we opened a Detroit office in Little Caesars Arena, where you can see into the space where the Detroit Red Wings play."

Pichai said this growth, along with the otherrs announced Wednesday, will allow Google to invest in the communities where it operates while improving the products and services that help billions of people and businesses globally.

"Our new data center investments, in particular, will enhance our ability to provide the fastest and most reliable services for all our users and customers. As part of our commitment to our 100 percent renewable energy purchasing, we're also making significant renewable energy investments in the U.S. as we grow. Our data centers make a significant economic contribution to local communities, as do the associated $5 billion in energy investments that our energy purchasing supports," Pichai said.

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