Pittsburgh is already home to one of Google’s main engineering offices, at Bakery Square in East Liberty, where it employs 760 people.
This week, the California-based technology giant announced its expansion into three additional floors at the Bakery Square location, for a total of 320,000 square feet.
Google plans to create 10,000 new jobs across the U.S. this year, and the Pittsburgh expansion is expected to be part of that, though the exact numbers are still unknown.
“We’ll continue to invest in our Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offices, as well as increase our workforce in Washington, D.C.,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a blog post, when discussing expansions in the eastern U.S.
Google currently employs 84,000 people directly across the U.S.
This month, the city announced a four-year, $4 million deal with Google Cloud. The city’s 19 departments will ultimately be able to use Google’s tools to analyze data, build dashboards, report data and make better decisions.
The pilot partnership for municipalities using Google Cloud could help point the way for other cities looking to modernize legacy IT infrastructure — including storage, applications, computing and professional services.
Pittsburgh city staff will receive training and certification to make sure they are using Google Cloud efficiently and that the city is getting the most value possible from the new system.
The lengthy process, which includes moving computing, storage capacity and applications to Google Cloud, is still in its early phases. Cybersecurity will be a major focus.