Google Expands in Nevada (Again)

Not only has Google pledged to invest $600 million in the data center at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center with the approval of state tax incentives, but now the tech giant is investing an additional $600 million for its data center in Southern Nevada.

This amount brings Google’s total financial commitment to its Henderson data center to $1.2 billion following its $600 million initial investment in the facility. And when it comes to investing in the state of Nevada, Google has more than $1.8 billion on the line including the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

“Today’s decision further demonstrates Nevada’s commitment to technology and business growth,” said Andrew Silvestri, head of data center public policy and community development for Google. “With our new data center in Storey County and our expanded investment in our Henderson site, Google will have two facilities in Nevada, bringing our total investment to over $1.88 billion.”

Seven members of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development board joined Gov. Steve Sisolak in approving more than $25 million in incentives for a data center for Google products and services in Storey County just a few weeks ago. The data center should be up and running next year in 2021.

“This is a very good deal for Nevada,” said GOED Executive Director Michael Brown. “In return for the $25 million abatement that Google will receive, the company will make a $427 million impact on the economy over 20 years and generate $94 million in tax revenue over 20 years.”

The tax incentives for the Northern Nevada center include a sales tax abatement of 2% and a personal property tax abatement of 75% for 20 years. The first abatement is worth $16.8 million and the second is worth $8.25 million. Given that Nevada’s economy, like many others, has taken a hit from COVID-19, projects like these are crucial in allowing the state to recover while diversifying the market at the same time.

“It’s no secret that I’ve had reservations over some of our abatement programs,” Sisolak said. “It’s also no secret that the current state of our economy has put us once again as the state most affected by this crisis.”

Photo courtesy of the Reno Gazette Journal

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