Google will invest an additional $1 billion into its data center operations in New Albany while buying land in Columbus and Lancaster for more data centers.
The Columbus site is the home of the old Hartman Farm off of South High Street.
“We are delighted that Google Cloud has committed to expanding its presence in Ohio, further solidifying the state’s position as one of the country’s leading destinations for cloud technology investment,” Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday in a statement. “Google Cloud is choosing to expand here yet again, continuing a growth trend of cloud computing investments that we are seeing throughout Ohio.”
Google’s data centers run its services such as search, Gmail and YouTube for users around the world.
Rising demand is behind Google’s $1 billion expansion in New Albany that will triple the size of those operations. The site broke ground in 2019 and is already in operation, the company said.
Google said its purchase of 618 acres in Columbus and Lancaster will be for future potential development for data centers, and will give the tech giant more than 1,000 acres of land in the Columbus region.
The site in Columbus is at 5076 S. High St. on the Far South Side. In March, Columbus City Council approved $54.3 million in tax incentives to develop a data center on the former Hartman Farm site east of Route 23.
In Lancaster, Google has bought a farm at 104 Whiley Road, west…