Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced that the company will spend $7 billion on data centers and office space growth this year across the U.S. This marks a $3 billion drop from 2020, when the company pledged to spend $10 billion towards the same initiative.
In a blog post, Pichai said that the investment aims to accelerate economic recovery and that the future of Google will rely heavily on office space. This is a significant contrast to other leading tech giants who are preparing to move their headquarters outside of Silicon Valley and transitioning to hybrid work arrangements.
“Coming together in person to collaborate and build community is core to Google’s culture, and it will be an important part of our future,” said Pichai.
According to Pichai, the new investment will create at least 10,000 full-time jobs across the U.S. The new roles will focus on more diverse communities in order to progres Google’s racial equity commitments.
Aside from the new offices, Google plans to expand its current data centers in Nebraska, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.