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Google Invests in South Carolina

Google Invests in South Carolina

Last week, Google Inc. announced that it will invest an additional $600 million toward its data center in Berkeley County, South Carolina. This amount doubles the investment that Google has made in the state of SC; the data center was launched six years ago.

“I’m a proud governor today, but I’m also a proud Googler,” Governor Nikki Haley said during a groundbreaking ceremony at Google’s campus.

“Let me be clear to people across South Carolina: Google has now invested $1.2 billion in the best state in the country,” she added. “$600 million is one thing. An additional $600 million is an absolute celebration.”

In 2007, Google purchased 500 acres in Blythewood that could serve as the site for a data center. Currently, the company does not have any immediate plans for this site, but did make an agreement in 2011 with the Richland County Council to start a project within three years.

Eric Wages, Google’s data center operations manager “did not say exactly what the Lowcountry expansion would do or how many additional people would be employed.” But he did say that “construction would begin shortly.”

Google built two data center facilities with its initial $600 million investment. The campus is home to computer servers that process everything from email to Internet searches, Google maps inquiries, videos and more. The South Carolina site employs around 150 people and will be advertising to find candidates to fill new job positions.

Haley considers the companies that do business in South Carolina to be a major selling point that brings other business to the state. In addition to Google, Boeing, BMW and Michelin have operations in SC.

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