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Google data center to bring along over 1,000 tech jobs

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

While the Google data center near Clarksville will open next year with only about 75 direct employees, growth trends at the other data centers clearly show the one here might someday be responsible for 1,000 local jobs or more. 

The $600 million facility in northeast Montgomery County is to become the 15th such center in the corporation's worldwide network, and the eighth in the U.S. It is now in early stages of construction.

Google has released an economic impact report that details the measurable successes its data centers have had in other communities. That report shows how the other centers already in operation, combined with their external supply chains, employ many more people, at much higher investments, than what is initially projected for Clarksville-Montgomery County.

Georgia, for example, has a data center already operational, representing a total investment over time of $1.2 billion, with 1,147 jobs created, a $121 million direct impact on gross domestic product and combined income generated at $8 million.

The data center in Iowa now has a total investment of $2.5 billion, and with 1,743 jobs created.

While there are currently no growth projections for Montgomery County's data center, the message here is that there is already a trend, suggesting that similar growth is possible, if not likely, here.

"We do not provide any forward-looking information regarding Clarksville-Montgomery County's data center because we are in the early days, but what we can say is that there is a consistent rate of growth in our sites in the Southeast," Google spokespersons told The Leaf-Chronicle in an email on Monday.

 

"We'll know more as we build out the site," Google officials said.

 

Google brand matters

 

Google's Montgomery County data center will support about 75 direct jobs at opening, mostly high-skilled information technology positions.

But even at that small hiring level, the greater value lies in the global prestige of being a Google community, and the potential influx of higher salaries, not only within the company, but also through the broader technology sector and supply chain that will be attracted to Clarksville because of Google.

The company brings something different to the local business landscape: a world-class name brand with the power to help redefine Montgomery County and set the course for greater stability and fortunes in the rapidly evolving information age, say Google corporate execs, as well as state and local elected officials and business recruiters.

“Google’s commitment to invest $600 million and create about 70 jobs, coupled with the presence of their global brand in our community, has been an incredible, positive addition to our economic landscape,” said Mike Evans, executive director of the local Economic Development Council.

Google formally broke ground Feb. 16, 2018, on its planned $600 million data center near Clarksville. The Clarksville data center will employ about 1,000 people in construction and 70 in permanent tech positions. The Leaf Chronicle

“It was an honor to welcome the company CEO in February and hear from the top-level executive what Google has planned to create in Clarksville-Montgomery County.”

 

Plus, Google invests directly in the communities where it has data centers, through grants for STEM education, for example. The company has already pledged to support the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System financially, and by sharing staff time and expertise.

 

Here's a synopsis of Google's economic impact report:

 

The Google report

 

Whether checking your Gmail, searching a definition or checking out music videos on YouTube, most users don't think about the technology that serves these functions every day. Meanwhile, demand for computing grows.

 

All of this data has to be stored somewhere, and for Google, the most efficient method of storage is within the company "cloud."

 

Since 2006 when Google built its first data center in Oregon, the corporation has invested over $10.5 billion equipping its growing string of U.S. data centers.

In 2016, Google data centers generated $1.3 billion in economic activity, $750 million in labor income, and 11,000 jobs throughout the U.S. Included in the 11,000 jobs are an estimated 1,900 people directly employed on the data center campuses. 

"Google data centers create economic opportunity well beyond the campus itself," the report says. "On-campus activity is further supported by an external supply chain that employs nearly 3,500 additional workers.

"As those employed directly on campus and in the supply chain spend their wages, a further 4,700 jobs are supported in the wider consumer economy, for example, in retail and leisure establishments. In fact, when these channels are considered, each direct Google data center job is found to support an additional 4.9 jobs throughout the U.S.," says the report.

For the full report on economic impact from Google, 

visit https://www.google.com/about/datacenters/usstory/#main-infographic

 

GOOGLE DATA CENTERS: THE IMPACT

 

Nationwide:

 

$1.3 billion in economic activity generated across the U.S.

11,000 jobs created across the country (including 1,900 directly employed at the data centers)

4,700 jobs in wider consumer economy

Data centers in development:

 

Tennessee (Clarksville-Montgomery County)

 

Prospective direct jobs: 75

Prospective investment: $600 million

Alabama

 

Prospective direct jobs: 75

Prospective investment:  $600 million

Virginia

 

Prospective direct jobs: 50

Prospective investment: $250 million

Data centers already operational:

 

Georgia

 

Total investment: $1.2 billion

Total related jobs: 1,147

Contribution to local GDP: $121 million

Total income generated: $8 million

Iowa

 

Total investment: $2.5 billion

Total related jobs: 1,743

Contribution to local GDP: $189 million

Total income generated: $11 million

North Carolina

 

Total investment: $1.2 billion

Total related jobs: 1,021

Contribution to local GDP: $26 million

Total income generated: $22 million

South Carolina

 

Total investment: $1.8 billion

Total related jobs: 1,155

Contribution to local GDP: $112 million

Total income generated: $72 million

Oklahoma

 

Total investment: $2 billion

Total related jobs: 1,599

Contribution to local GDP: $202 million

Total income generated: $99 million

Oregon  

 

Total investment: $1.8 billion

Total related jobs: 700

Contribution to local GDP: $67 million

Total income generated: $46 million

 


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