Google announces $17 million expansion in Detroit, Ann Arbor

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:27am

Google announced it would be expanding its offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor Monday.

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Google announced Monday it would be expanding its offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, offering an undetermined but “significant” amount of new positions in sales and technical support in addition to over 600 employees already working at the Michigan offices. The company said it plans to spend $17 million on the expansion.

The morning of the announcement, Ruth Porat, Google chief financial officer, visited the Taylor Community Library to give a free presentation on workforce digital skills as part of the “Grow with Google” initiative.

“We’ve been in this area for over 13 years now,” Porat said at the event. “We’re really proud of the team, and we see this as just a great opportunity to build on what is working really well.”

This expansion comes following an announcement from the company in April, saying they would be opening a Detroit facility to advance Waymo, their self-driving car project. The company announced this location would employ between 100 and 400 additional people.

The expansion plans outline an increase of 90,000 square feet in office space. At the Detroit location, the company said it plans to lease another floor of their office housed inside Little Caesars Arena by 2020. Google said it will be leasing another building in the north of Ann Arbor by 2021 to add to their newly renovated facility.

The Ann Arbor office has been Google’s primary headquarters in the state since it opened in 2007. Google founder Larry Page is an alum of the University of Michigan.

Michigan is one of 14 states in which Google announced plans for similar developments in the future.