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Google’s Expansion In Michigan Will Lead The Way For More Tech-Based Companies

May 1, 2015 - Written By Ricardo Trevizo

The Google Campus, or better known as the Googleplex in Mountain View, California is a place recognized worldwide as the company’s headquarters, but it’s not by any means the only location where the company is physically present. Google began its journey in a small dorm room when founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin first created the company in 1998, and since then, Google has grown exponentially. Today, Google has more than 70 offices in over 40 countries around the world. Today the internet giant has announced its plans to further expand the corporate campus in Ann Arbor. Currently Google’s offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, measure up to 85,000 square feet, but Google is aiming to almost double that number.

Google is a company with a known desire for expansion, to be able to reach more people in more places. With the recent announcement of the Ann Arbor, it seems that Google wants to have more presence in Michigan. The state’s Google offices are currently located in McKinley Towne Center, but will be moved to Traverwood Drive, pretty close to the University of Michigan North Campus. Mike Miller, head of Google’s Ann Arbor office, stated “Google has had a wonderful home in Ann Arbor since 2006 and we’re thrilled to continue to grow here”, Mike Miller also confirmed the offices will be moved to an already existing building, but will be expanding the campus a bit more, with a new facility next to the already built one. All current Google employees (around 400) in Ann Arbor will be moved to the new campus on the last quarter of 2016, when the new building and renovations to the existing one will be complete.

Google noted that the expansion has it as its main goal to boost the AdWords sales team in the area, but the company’s spokeswoman wouldn’t discuss how their hiring plans would adjust. According to Paul Krutko, CEO of economic development group Ann Arbor SPARK, Google has been one of the main contributors to the region’s recent technological developments. Krutko also said that by expanding, Google is leading the way for more technology-based companies to open up offices in Michigan.