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$600M Google Data Center Expansion Planned For Oklahoma

'This site is an important part of our global network of data centers,' Google CEO Sundar Pichai said. 'This network is what powers your searches, your email, all of the photos you store and treasure, and the maps that help you find the fastest way home.'

Google will spend $600 million to again expand its Pryor, Okla., data center, already one of the technology giant’s largest in the United States.

“At Google, we are technology optimists -- not because we believe in technology, but because we believe in people,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said at an event in Oklahoma today to announce the investment.

“The people of Mayes County shared our sense of optimism from the very start. That optimism is why, when Google proposed building a data center here in 2007, you welcomed us with open arms. And that optimism is what’s made it possible for Google to continue our expansion in Pryor in the years since -- not once, not twice...but three times. Today’s announcement will make it four.”

The expansion will bring Google's total investment in the facility to more than $3 billion, according to Pichai. It will create 100 new jobs, for a total in excess of 500.

The company has spent more than 20 years scaling its technical infrastructure to match the growth of information, Pichai said.

“This site is an important part of our global network of data centers,” he said. “This network is what powers your searches, your email, all of the photos you store and treasure, and the maps that help you find the fastest way home.”

The additional outlay is part of the $13 billion that Google in February pledged to spend on U.S. data centers and offices this year, its second straight in which it will have more growth outside of California’s Bay Area than in it. Google has 13 data center locations globally and eight new ones under way, including in Midlothian, Texas, where it plans to break ground tomorrow. Google’s website indicates the company has data centers under development in Tennessee and Alabama and plans for new data centers in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. It also plans an expansion of its Moncks Corner, South Carolina, location.

Google Expanding Michigan Offices

In Michigan on Monday, Google and Alphabet chief financial officer Ruth Porat announced the tech company also was spending $17 million to expand its offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

"The result will be a combined total of 260,000 square feet in office space, giving us the capacity to significantly increase our local workforce in the coming years,” Porat said in a blog post.

Google also is expanding its office in Austin, Texas.

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