Earlier this month, Google broke ground in Henderson, NV on its newest data center and announced a new Google Cloud region. The new data center facility represents a $600 million investment in Nevada’s internet infrastructure, while the new Google Cloud region is designed to better serve Google Cloud customers operating in the Western U.S.
Last year, Google announced its acquisition of a site in Henderson, NV. Earlier this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company will make over $13 billion in investments throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states. As part of this announcement, Pichai confirmed the company’s plans to develop a data center in Nevada.
The new Google Cloud region will give organizations in the Western U.S. and those doing business in Nevada faster access to Google Cloud Platform products and tools that will help supercharge their businesses. When it launches, the region will have three availability zones and will support a standard set of GCP products, delivering simple, reliable and secure infrastructure and lightning fast data analytics and ML/AI capabilities.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, the tech company also kicked off a $1 million Google.org Impact Challenge Nevada and called on nonprofits throughout the state to submit their boldest ideas to create economic opportunities for their community. A panel of local judges will select the top five submissions to receive $175,000 to make their idea a reality. Afterward, the public can vote to select a “People’s Choice” winner to receive an additional $125,000. In total, Google.org will award $1 million to Nevada nonprofits in support of Grow with Google, the company’s initiative to help create economic opportunities for all Americans.
“Google is excited to be investing in Nevada,” said Jacquelline Fuller, President of Google.org. “Google is growing at a faster rate outside the Bay Area than in it. With our new data center and the Google.org Impact Challenge, we are thrilled to join the Henderson community and to help create economic opportunities for Nevadans.”
“As Nevada’s premier community, we’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Google and its local workforce to Henderson,” said City of Henderson Mayor Debra March. “It is an honor to be selected as the new hometown of a cutting-edge Google data center and we look forward to the economic opportunities it will bring to our city and its residents for many years to come. We’re also excited about the Google Impact Challenge and what these grants can do to encourage innovative ideas from non-profits serving the Silver State.”
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