(CTN News) – One of the fastest-growing regional hubs of the tech giant, Google has confirmed it will build two upcoming data centers in Central Ohio.
The move cements the area’s position as one of the fastest-growing regional hubs for the technology giant.
Officials from the Mountain View, California-based company said Wednesday that it would be building facilities in Columbus and Lancaster as part of the project.
As part of the announcements, Google also revealed that the centers would be located at 5076 S.
South High Street in far south Columbus and 105 Whiley Road in Lancaster, as previously reported by Columbus Business First.
As part of its plans to grow its New Albany data center in addition to purchasing additional land in Lancaster and Columbus for future growth, Google announced a $1 billion expansion of its New Albany data center in August 2021.
A similar announcement was made around the same time as the launch of the Columbus Google Cloud, which is being touted as a way to allow local customers to expand globally while facilitating access to Midwest users for those living outside the area.
In both Columbus and Lancaster, construction is underway, but there has not yet been an announcement regarding an expected completion date for the sites.
As a result of the construction of the facilities, more than 1,000 people are expected to be employed by the company.
In the near future, the data centers will be used to power many of Google’s artificial intelligence-based products, such as Google Search, Gmail, and Maps, once they are completed.
“Ohio is a growing technology hub and data center market, and we are delighted that Google is investing in Columbus and Lancaster, adding to the one already under way in New Albany,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said in a press release.
A total of more than $2 billion has been invested by in Ohio to date. In a statement, the company says that these investments are part of an ongoing strategy to grow its technical infrastructure in order to support long-term growth opportunities.
A native of Ohio, Mark Isakowitz, director of government affairs and public policy for Google, said in a press release that technology is helping grow Ohio’s economy.
Google is proud to partner with the state and local communities to help go a long way towards fueling the state’s growth as a technology hub by building the data centers announced today.
By doing so, we will be able to power Google tools for users across the nation and worldwide.