Google is making an even larger investment than expected for its first data center in Texas.
The search-engine giant, part of the Silicon Valley’s Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), is putting $600 million in the Ellis County facility, according to a statement on Friday.
The company says it will create a number of jobs at the data center and hundreds of construction jobs.
The expectation was for a $500 million investment over five years, a person familiar with the matter told the Dallas Business Journal last July.
“Midlothian stood out because of its incredible mix of economic opportunity, access to infrastructure, but also its workforce and education,” said Andrew Silvestri, head of Public Policy and Community Development, Americas. “It’s just a perfect storm of all these different factors.”
As a new site, it will be smaller, but it has a lot of growth potential for the future, he said, noting other data centers around the country have received more investments over the long-term.
Google is investing in sites around the country as more folks use its services to search, watch videos and carry out other digital tasks.
Earlier this year, CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog the company is investing over $13 billion in investments throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S.
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