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Google makes huge amount of $13 billion push into Central America, plans for the construction of tree

Google’s announcement on Wednesday of a major investment in the U.S., data centers and offices includes an extension of the Chicago location, above.
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Google is making a huge push in Central America, with a $13 billion investment in data centers and offices in 14 different countries.

The CEO of the company, Sundar Pichai, on Wednesday announced a major expansion of its presence in the country in the form of data centers and offices in Nebraska, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

The new investment, Google may have to hire tens of thousands of new employees, and more than 10,000 new construction jobs. This will mark the second year in a row that the search giant will grow faster outside Silicon Valley than in.

Google’s announcement comes a year after Pichai visited Tennessee to break ground on a new data center in Clarksville. In the past year, Google has hired 10,000 people in the U.S., and invested $9 billion.

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“It was clear from the excitement in the event that the jobs and economic investment meant a lot for the community,” Pichai said in a statement. “I’ve seen that same optimism in communities across the country that help to power our digital economy. I am proud that our AMERICAN footprint is growing quickly.”

The extensive presence includes a doubling of the Google employees in Virginia and Georgia, new office space and a data center in Texas, expanded the Washington office, the firm’s first datacenter in Nevada, as well as data centres in Ohio and Nebraska.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company, that has just under 99,000 employees in December, the investments in data centers as a reflection of its commitment to 100 percent renewable energy. The tech behemoth purchase of energy credits also creates jobs outside of the tech industry’s major coastal hubs.

A Google data center in Douglas County, Georgia, is shown above.

“This growth will enable us to invest in the communities where we operate, while we improve the products and services that help billions of people and companies all over the world,” Pichai said.

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Silicon Valley tech companies like Google, Apple and Facebook, more known for their outposts in expensive coastal cities like New York, San Francisco and Washington, D. C., the past few years have been making a concerted effort to expand outside of the Bay Area and the creation of jobs elsewhere.

However, these extensions sometimes prompt a backlash. Just ask Amazon, which has faced mounting criticism from some local politicians, activists and residents on the plan to accept up to $3 billion in subsidies for the creation of 25,000 new jobs on the waterfront in New York’s Long Island City.

With the investments announced on Wednesday, Google has a presence in 24 different countries.

Google can double its employee headcount in New York over the next ten years with its planned expansion in Hudson Square.

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