Google aims to invest roughly $9.5 billion in U.S. offices and data centers this year, up from $7 billion in 2021.
The investment would result in the creation of at least 12,000 new full-time employment by the end of the year in more than a dozen states, the CEO of Alphabet and Google Sundar Pichai, said in a blog post on Wednesday.
The tech giant plans to open a new office in Atlanta, expand its presence in New York, and build out its campus in Boulder. The company is also continuing to invest in its data centers in Tennessee, Virginia and Oklahoma.
Google’s large spend on office space comes as the company embraces a hybrid work approach. After two years of being completely remote, the Alphabet-owned firm has called for many of its workers to work in an office three days a week.
“It might seem counterintuitive to step up our investment in physical offices even as we embrace more flexibility in how we work,” Pichai added in the blog post.
“Yet we believe it’s more important than ever to invest in our campuses and that doing so will make for better products, a greater quality of life for our employees, and stronger communities.”