Google Announces $1 Billion New York Campus

Google Announces $1 Billion New York Campus

Google Announces $1 Billion New York Campus

Google opened its first office in NY almost 20 years ago and now employs 7,000 people in the city.

Porat also said that the company's 'Grow with Google' initiative will come to New York City with a temporary digital skills learning centre on the ground floor of its office on 8th Avenue in Chelsea.

The announcement comes just days after Apple said it would build new offices across the United States, a plan that includes adding hundreds of jobs in NY. It also follows Amazon's plan to build its new HQ2 campus in Long Island City in the Queens borough. Several New York City protests have already happened related to the move. Google hopes to start moving into the Hudson properties in 2020, with the more industrial Washington St. building ready in 2022. The latest campus will be approximately 133 acres, making it the largest private employer in the city of Austin.

Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, has over 2,000 employees in NY. "Google Hudson Square will be the primary location for our New York-based Global Business Organization", Porat wrote in the blog. Here, a pedestrian passes by 345 Hudson Street, one of the buildings Google will be using.

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Tech companies are "coming to the realization that the Bay Area, which has traditionally been the major centre of tech activity in the USA, is getting expensive and crowded", said Andrew Bartels, principal analyst at Forrester Research. "In fact, we're growing faster outside the Bay Area than within it", Ruth Porat, the chief financial officer of Alphabet and Google, said in the statement.

But Google is not the only company headed to NY for business expansion.

"Our investment in NY is a huge part of our commitment to grow and invest in USA facilities, offices and jobs", Porat said.

Porat telegraphed Google's plans to double down in NY a month ago during a technology conference. And this year it opened new offices and data centres in cities including Detroit; Boulder, Colorado; and Los Angeles, as well as in such states as Tennessee and Alabama.

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