(L-R): Andrew Silvestri, head of data center public policy and community development of Google; Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak; U.S. Rep. Susie Lee; U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen; Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org; and Mayor Pro Tem Dan Shaw break ground on Google’s newest data center in Henderson, Nev.
On July 1, officials gathered in Southern Nevada to celebrate the start of construction on Google's new data center and Cloud region in Henderson.
"Today we're announcing new infrastructure investments in the state of Nevada: a new Google data center and Google Cloud region," said Tariq Shaukat, president, partner and industry platforms of Google, in a statement. "These investments will expand our footprint in the southwestern U.S., creating more jobs in the area, improving connectivity and speed for users of Google services and Google Cloud customers and ensuring that Nevada will become one of the world's onramps to the internet."
In addition to Google's Andrew Silvestri, head of data center public policy and community development and Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org, the groundbreaking was attended by Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, Rep. Susie Lee and Gov. Steve Sisolak.
Data centers are the "engines of the internet" which support searches, ads, maps, videos, email and its Cloud. The company has invested $47 billion from 2016 to 2018 and plans to invest another $13 billion in the United States alone, which includes recently-announced plans for data center near Phoenix and Salt Lake City.
"The new data center facility is a $600-million-dollar investment, and will create a number of new jobs in the state," said Fuller. "Together with our new cloud region, we're investing to better support our users and our Cloud customers in Nevada."
The Henderson data center is due to go online in 2020.