Report Shows Economic Impact of Google Data Centers

Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 3:00 pm

Google recently released a report, prepared by Oxford Economics, which details the economic impact of their data centers, concluding Google data centers generated $1.3 billion in economic activity across the U.S. in 2016 and have generated more than 11,000 jobs.

Data centers are one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. In Oregon Google has invested $1.8 billion and supports over 600 stable jobs, a number which will grow with the opening of their third data center facility in The Dalles. Google has also contributed over $2 million in grants to schools and nonprofits in Wasco County, provided over $450,000 in funding for free local Wi-Fi in The Dalles, and is committed to 100% renewable energy.

With the release of the report, the Head of Data Center Community Affairs, Darcy Nothnagle remarked: "It’s more than just the numbers, it's about the people we hire and the communities where we live and work. The Dalles has a special place in our hearts as our first data center and we love the relationships we've built in Oregon over a decade."

Earlier this year, Facebook, which has a data center in Prineville, released a similar report by RTI International detailing the economic contributions of data centers. Also, Business Oregon, the state’s economic development department, has compiled statistics on facts on the ways that Oregon benefits from this industry. The industry is especially important in rural Oregon, where it has provided short- and long-term jobs and boosted tax revenues.

To read the Google report, click here.

To see a video on Google’s data center in The Dalles, click here.

To read the Facebook report, click here.

To see the Business Oregon study on the data center industry in Oregon, click here