SAN JOSE, California (April 14, 2022) — Today, Google announced plans to invest more than $3.5 billion in California in 2022, as part of the company’s plans to invest approximately $9.5 billion in offices and data centers and create at least 12,000 new full-time Google jobs across the U.S. this year.
“Google’s offices and data centers provide vital anchors to our local communities and help us contribute to their economies. As we embrace more flexibility in how we work, we believe it’s more important than ever to invest in our campuses and that doing so will make for better products, a greater quality of life for our employees, and stronger communities,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet. “That’s why we’re planning to invest approximately $9.5 billion in U.S. offices and data centers this year, creating more than 12,000 Google jobs in communities across the country.”
Google has called California home since its inception in 1998, with its global headquarters based in Mountain View and 12 other offices across the state. The company has more than 54,000 full-time employees in California, and is continuing to invest in its long-term presence. In San Jose, the company is making progress in partnership with Lendlease on its Downtown West project in San Jose—a mixed-use, transit-oriented destination that includes office space, affordable housing, retail stores, and public plazas that are rooted in the City’s unique heritage.
“Through Downtown West, we will welcome thousands of new jobs, affordable housing, and immense benefits to our small businesses,“ said Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo. “The unprecedented private-public partnership and investment of $200 million to San Jose, is one of the largest in the state and we are thankful to Google for their ongoing commitment to our community and California.”
In Mountain View, Google will open its new ground-up campus called Bay View in 2022, with its Charleston East campus also nearing completion and construction moving forward with its Landings campus. The Mountain View City Council is expected to vote this year on Google’s Middlefield Park mixed-use master plan, which includes 1,900 units of housing, and Google’s North Bayshore mixed-use master plan, which includes 7,000 units of housing. In Sunnyvale, Google’s first-ever mass timber office building will open later this year and its Caribbean ground-up campus is currently under construction.
Outside of the Bay Area, construction is also proceeding on Google’s reuse project at the former Westside Pavilion site in Los Angeles, which is expected to open in 2023.
Google also released its 2021 Economic Impact Report for California, sharing that it helped provide $147.82 billion of economic activity last year for hundreds of thousands of California businesses, nonprofits, publishers, creators, and developers. More than 2.42 million California businesses received requests for directions, phone calls, bookings, reviews, and other direct connections to their customers from Google in 2021.
Google is committed to helping people learn digital skills so they can reach new customers and find new job opportunities. Grow with Google has partnered with 719 organizations to train 1,078,000 Californians on digital skills, including public libraries like the California State Public Library and the San Jose Public Library, and chambers of commerce like the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Home of Chamber San Mateo County.
The Google Career Certificates program provides online job training and prepares job seekers for careers in high-growth fields like data analytics and IT Support–with no degree or experience required. To help more people access this program, Google announced in February a new $100 million Google Career Certificates Fund that aims to drive over $1 billion in aggregate wage gains to support economic mobility for tens of thousands of underserved American workers. The Google Career Certificates are also free to all community colleges and career and technical education (CTE) high schools to add to their curriculum.