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As a California-based company, it’s not surprising that the company will spend a large portion of its investment in the West. Google committed to provide $1 billion to build 20,000 houses in the Bay Area near San Francisco, to help the city with its ongoing housing crisis. This $1 billion comprises a large part of the overall $9.5 billion investment.
One of the problems with offering tax incentives to data centres is that the tax benefits are substantial and often ongoing for years or even decades – while the number of permanent jobs that are added to communities as a result can be quite small.