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Google announces another investment in Central Ohio

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted joined local members of Congress and Google executives as the tech giant announced another large investment in the region.

Google committed $2.3 billion more to Central Ohio, just 13 months after announcing its first $2 billion investment.

“Google’s continued investment in Ohio is made possible by our close collaboration with business and community leaders across the state,” said Jim Anderson, VP of North America Partner Ecosystem and Channels, Google Cloud. “We hope to continue the momentum of economic growth across Ohio and help accelerate its digital future, which includes continuing to deliver AI innovation across our enterprise and consumer services.”

Tuesday’s event took place at the Google data center site near 23 South and Rathmell Road on the city’s south side.

Company leaders touted the region’s strong talent pool and affordability, among other factors, in choosing the site for the funding.

Husted said the announcement strengthens Ohio’s position as a rising tech leader.

“Data centers are essential to our digital lives and Google’s additional multibillion dollar investment further establishes central Ohio as an important tech hub in America,” he said. “We value Google’s continued investment for the jobs and economic impact, and we look forward to additional partnerships in education, AI, and energy to further enhance Ohio’s position as the tech hub of the Midwest.”

ABC 6’s Bob Kendrick will take a deeper look at what the announcement means for the local economy. Look for that report on ABC 6 at 11 p.m. later Tuesday night.

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