The Big Apple’s tech race is on. A month after Amazon announced it would be opening a new headquarters in Queens, fellow tech giant Google is now planning a $1 billion expansion in Manhattan’s West Village.
As part of the expansion, Google will be building a complex in the neighborhood after earlier this year announcing earlier this year would be making a $2.4 billion investment in Chelsea.
The new building will be called the Google Hudson Square and it comes as part of Google’s effort to double its workforce in New York City over the next 10 years.
“Our investment in New York is a huge part of our commitment to grow and invest in U.S. facilities, offices and jobs,” Google reps said in a company announcement. “In fact, we’re growing faster outside the Bay Area than within it, and this year opened new offices and data centers in locations like Detroit, Boulder, Los Angeles, Tennessee and Alabama. And as we continue to grow across the country, we look forward to calling New York City home for many years to come.”
Google first opened its New York-based offices two decades ago and has since assembled a team of 7,000 workers in the city. Those workers are contained within Google’s Search, Ads, Maps, YouTube, Cloud, Technical Infrastructure, Sales, Partnerships, and Research teams.
“New Yorkers consider themselves to be more in tune with the reality of life in U.S. urban centers and believe this helps them innovate products and services that are more closely aligned with the needs of the average American,” industry analyst Andrew Bartels told ABC News.