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December 15, 2018

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Google is cleared to build $600 million data center in Henderson

Views of Water Street

Steve Marcus

A view of Henderson City Hall in downtown Henderson Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

Google on Thursday received a green light to develop a $600 million data center in Henderson, according to the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The 64-acre location is on two parcels on West Warm Springs Road, east of Boulder Highway, according to application documents and property records.

The application — filed by Design LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant — was approved Thursday. The data center is slated for a December 2020 opening, officials said. Design would own the facility, and Google would manage operations and hiring.

The company was granted tax breaks of about $25 million over a 20-year period. Officials said the company would still pay more than $85 million in state and local taxes during that time.

The center also would bring at least 50 jobs to the state, paying an average of $31 an hour for each position, officials said. It would also create more than 3,000 temporary construction jobs as part of an estimated $600 million investment over the next 10 years.

The data center would support Google services in North America such as cloud computing and its search engine platform. Google operates data centers in the U.S. and abroad.

“Over the course of the last eight years we have worked diligently to diversify and build the new Nevada economy, and securing a Google data center in Southern Nevada would be yet another feather in Nevada’s cap,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a news release. “The Silver State is already home to key tech companies in both Northern and Southern Nevada and I am confident that should Google elect to locate in Henderson, Nevada will continue to be at the forefront of the ever-expanding technology industry.”

GOED Executive Director Paul Anderson called the potential project a “game-changer for Nevada."

Jonas Peterson, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, added his endorsement.

“We are thrilled Google is considering expanding in Southern Nevada, and I applaud the collaborative economic development efforts of our partners at NV Energy, the city of Henderson, and GOED to advance this game-changing project,” he said.