Google says it plans to build a $600 million data center in an Ohio city, part of $13 billion in planned investments this year.
Last December, Google affiliate Montauk Innovations said it was considering New Albany for a data center project in the New Albany International Business Park. The Columbus Dispatch reports Google did not elaborate further on its plans for the site in its announcement Wednesday.
New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee says the city is excited about Google’s investment in central Ohio.
Google’s project is the latest in what has been a string of data centers for central Ohio.
Analyst Scott Kessler of CFRA Research said an increased presence in non-coastal parts of the country might help the company curry favor with federal legislators and officials.
Congress has paid more attention to Google and other big tech companies in the past year; several lawmakers have introduced privacy bills that would regulate the companies.
Google is also expanding along the coasts, too, including in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.
The company will have a physical presence in 24 states by the end of the year.