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Google to Invest Another $600 Million in Berkeley County

Jan. 18, 2013

John McDermott

Internet search engine giant Google is doubling down on its investment in Berkeley County, saying today it is will speding another $600 million at the local data center site.

A statement did not give details about how the money will be spent except that construction will start soon.

Company officials and Gov. Nikki Haley are holding a news conference this morning.

"South Carolina and the Berkeley County community are great places in which to work and grow," said company operations manager Eric Wages. "When Google first announced plans to come to Berkeley County in 2007, we were attracted to not only the energy infrastructure, developable land and available workforce, but also the extraordinary team from the local community that made us feel welcome. Today's announcement is just a continuation of our investment in the state. Google is proud to call Berkeley County home."

Mountain View, Calif.-based Goole said the investment is is part of its strategy "to provide the best possible user experience. The data center in Berkeley County houses computer systems and associated components that support services such as Google search, Gmail, Google+ and YouTube. The company is growing capacity to meet demand for Google's services."

Google opened the first data center on the 500-acre site in Mount Holly Commerce Park in 2008 and had said it would build and is opening another one next door as part of a combined $600 million investment. Haley called this new expansion "another big win for South Carolina."

"When a world-class company like Google decides to expand in the Palmetto State, it shows we are providing the sort of business environment that helps foster success," she said.

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