The centers often provide relatively few full-time jobs - though Google says this facility employs 350 workers - but Gov. Nathan Deal said they have an outsized impact on Georgia’s economy. He called it “one of the magic ingredients” that help lure firms to Georgia.
“Increasingly, as I talk to economic development prospects, they cite the availability of high-speed Internet in the metro Atlanta region,” said Deal, who was on hand for the announcement. “Having that capacity makes it possible.”
The expansion is Google's latest large-scale investment in Georgia. Google announced in January it would bring gigabit-per-second service - which is 100 times faster than the average U.S. residential connection - to nine metro Atlanta cities.