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Google invests $3.5 billion in projects in California, including plan bringing thousands of homes and jobs to San Jose


SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — Google on Thursday announced a multi-billion dollar investment in California, including a major project in San Jose.

Downtown West will be Google’s newest South Bay campus aimed at revitalizing the city.

“I think it’s a different path to redevelopment in our city,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said. “It’s not government led, it’s really a collaboration of private sector investment, the supporting city and the whole community.”

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The Downtown West project aims to bring new life around the SAP Center with offices, restaurants, entertainment centers and more.

Google will create nearly 6,000 construction jobs to build the project. An additional 25,000 jobs will be available when supplemented with training opportunities so people can fill them.

Finally, 4,000 housing units will be built, including 1,000 affordable units with rent restrictions.

“I think it’s a standout example for other companies,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren said.

“What we’ve really understood, particularly through this investment, is how a collaboration between private sector investment and the community is really going to bring people here,” Mayor Liccardo said.

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Google has invested heavily in the plan to bring people to San Jose, they announced today that they are going further.

“In 2022, we will invest an additional $3.5 billion in the State of California,” said Kent Walker, president of global affairs and chief legal officer of Google. “It’s the growth of our business, but it’s also the fuel that grows the overall economy.”

A big boost for the South Bay and beyond that includes office expansions in Mountain View, new offices in Sunnyvale and a new $500,000 grant for two San Jose nonprofits – the center soon-to-be-built African-American cultural and People Assisting the Homeless, or PATH.

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Just part of the hundreds of millions of dollars invested to build a better South Bay.

“When they started, people were very anxious, ‘what is this going to mean?'” Rep. Lofgren said. “By the time they’ve completed their plans, every segment of the San Jose world says it looks good.”

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