Internet giant Google will create an engineering hub focused on cloud computing and over time will create 1,000 jobs, the company announced early Thursday.
“Today is an exciting day for Google Cloud in North Carolina. We help businesses and organizations digitally transform, and to meet this challenge, we need the most talented team possible and the Triangle region has some of the best and brightest engineers in the world,” said Marian Croak, vice president of engineering for Google, in the announcement. “We look forward to partnering closely with the local community as we expand our presence in this new engineering site.”
The center will be built in Downtown Durham through a sublease of space from Duke University at 200 W. Morris Street in the Durham Innovation District, according to a spokesperson for the company. It is evaluating “several locations for its eventual permanent home,” the company added.
The North Carolina news is part of a $7 billion plan to invest in growing its US operations.
“I believe a lasting economic recovery will come from local communities, and the people and small businesses that give them life. Google wants to be a part of that recovery,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its corporate parent Alphabet. “That’s why we plan to invest over $7 billion in offices and data centers across the U.S. and create at least 10,000 new full-time Google jobs in the U.S. this year.”