US tech giant Google is bulking up beyond Silicon Valley, revealing that it would open offices in nine more states over the coming months.
“We plan to hire thousands of people across the US this year,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai during an earnings call last month.
“Last year in the US we grew faster outside the Bay Area than in the Bay Area. To support this growth, we will be making significant investments in offices across nine states, including Colorado and Michigan.”
By the end of this year, Google will have opened five new data centers in the United States. The company currently has an office or a data center in at least 21 states.
Google’s expansion elsewhere in the US is a good news for talented tech workers in the country. The technology giant is known for paying good salaries and its data centers pave the way for the launch of many more new and smaller businesses — of course, a single data center only employs between 70 and 350 people.
Rising living costs in cities across California and the tax incentives offered by other US states seem to be driving Google’s expansion beyond Silicon Valley.
There is also pressure on tech companies to create jobs locally. Indian IT services firm Infosys is talking about generating 10,000 jobs in the United States, with Apple vowing to create 20,000 jobs.