Google to double workforce, invest $1B in new Hudson Square campus

Google to double workforce, invest $1B in new Hudson Square campus

Google and Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said in a blog post that the company will also "continue to deepen our commitments in STEM education, workforce development and access to technology", which will include creating a program to train workers in digital skills.

According to Google, these investments will allow the company to more than double the number of employees in New York City over the next decade.

The company now employs some 7,000 people in NY.

The Google expansion joins a flurry of other announcements from the U.S.'s largest tech companies, as they seek to show off investments in their home country.

The move to invest in prime real estate in the westside of Manhattan also underscores the growing importance of NY as a hub for innovation and an incubator for technology companies.

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Google Hudson Square will cost at least $1 billion.

Last week, Apple announced it would build a new, $1 billion campus in Austin, and last month Amazon said it would invest $5 billion in its new headquarters in NY and Arlington. It also announced plans to expand in New York, Pittsburgh and Boulder, Colorado, in the next three years and set up new sites in several other USA cities. It also means that three of America's largest technology companies have outlined plans to build large new offices in the USA in the past month. NY had 254,270 tech employees last year, with the labor pool growing 17 percent from 2012 through last year.

Google says it will lease office space at three spots in the West Village to create a new campus for thousands of workers in New York City.

Google opened its first office in NY almost 20 years ago and now employs 7,000 people in the city. A more official office, in Times Square, followed soon after. By contrast, Google didn't hold a public competition before deciding to expand its NY office, and the company says it didn't seek special tax breaks connected to the NY expansion.

Earlier this year, the company announced a $2.4 billion purchase of the Manhattan Chelsea Market. It also has leased space on Pier 57 jutting into the Hudson, which will create a four-block campus.

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