Google will reportedly create an engineering hub focused on cloud computing in Durham, North Carolina. The company expects to create 1,000 jobs over time.
The center will be built in downtown Durham through a sublease of space from Duke University at 200 W. Morris St., in the Durham Innovation District. The company plans to start moving in in May and is evaluating “several locations for its eventual permanent home.”
“I believe a lasting economic recovery will come from local communities, and the people and small businesses that give them life. Google wants to be a part of that recovery,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its corporate parent Alphabet. “That’s why we plan to invest over $7 billion in offices and data centers across the U.S. and create at least 10,000 new full-time Google jobs in the U.S. this year.”
Google has had a small presence in the Triangle before this announcement. Across the state, the company has 600 existing employees, and has operated an office in Chapel Hill since 2005.
"This is the right decision for Google. It is the right decision for North Carolina. Silicon Valley helped define the future of the Internet. Durham, North Carolina, will help define the future of cloud computing," Governor Roy Cooper added.
The new operation will be nearly double the company’s current number of employees in North Carolina. Google has a long-standing investment in North Carolina, dating back 16 years with one of its data centers in Caldwell County. The Durham project is part of a $7 billion plan by Google to invest in growing its U.S. operations including other operations across the South.
“Today is an exciting day for Google Cloud in North Carolina. We help businesses and organizations digitally transform, and to meet this challenge, we need the most talented team possible and the Triangle region has some of the best and brightest engineers in the world,” said Marian Croak, vice president of engineering for Google. “We look forward to partnering closely with the local community as we expand our presence in this new engineering site.”