Google announced on April 13, 2022, that it plans to invest $9.5 billion in its US offices and data centers. The search giant owned by Alphabet Inc. has required many of its employees to work in an office three days a week after two years of being fully remote. “It might seem counterintuitive to step up our investment in physical offices even as we embrace more flexibility in how we work,” Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet and Google, stated in a 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.”

Google will open a new office in Atlanta this year and continue to develop and expand office space in other US cities like Austin and New York. The company will also invest in its existing data centers in Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, and Texas. Google was among the first businesses to shift to remote work when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020. As part of its expansion, the company hopes to create at least 12,000 new jobs by the end of 2022. Along with other companies in Silicon Valley, Google had previously invested billions in expansive and lavish workstations.