RESTON, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - Google has announced on Wednesday that it will double its workforce in Northern Virginia.
In a blog posted to the company’s site, Google said its workforce in Northern Virginia would double with the addition of new office and data center developments there.
The expansion in Northern Virginia was part of an announcement that Google was investing more than $13 billion throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., including “major expansions” in 14 states.
Google said the investments would give the company the capacity to hire tens of thousands of workers and create more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Virginia, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
Google currently has a location in Reston, but the company didn’t specify if the expansion would occur there or take place at another location in Northern Virginia.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai thanked the company's “local partners,” but did not specify whether Google was receiving tax incentives to expand their operations.
FOX 5 has reached out to Virginian officials and Google to clarify whether the company received tax incentives to expand in the Commonwealth. Google responded to FOX 5's request but declined to provide more information than what was available in its blog.
The expansion in Northern Virginia comes on the heels of Amazon announcing it would be building its second headquarters, known as "HQ2," in Northern Virginia and New York. Amazon’s expansion is expected to create 25,000 high-paying jobs in Arlington County.
Virginia and Arlington County gave the online-retail behemoth $573 million in combined tax incentives, according to officials.
Just three months after Amazon’s announcement, reports surfaced that the company was reconsidering its New York expansion after fierce political opposition.