RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ/Governor’s Office News Release) – Google has committed to invest $300 million in Virginia, with a total economic impact for the Commonwealth of approximately $8.8 billion.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Governor Glenn Youngkin and Google Vice President and Chief Evangelist Vint Cerf. Google also announced a $250,000 grant to Virginia Computer Science Advocacy and Services Provider, CodeVA, which will partner with Google and other stakeholders to develop a network of computer lab schools, provide computer science professional development opportunities for computer science teachers, and expand computer resources for students and workers from Virginia seeking to qualify for the knowledge economy.
Google will also partner with the 23 colleges and five higher education centers of the Virginia Community College System to provide a turnkey set of professional certificates to help workers and learners acquire the most in-demand skills and competencies, according to Youngkin.
“Google’s investment and partnership announcement is a timely and exciting development for the Commonwealth. Code with Google and CodeVA will prepare the next generation of Virginia students for careers in computer science. As Governor, I am committed to creating workforce development opportunities, expanding our computer science opportunities for Virginia students, and restoring high educational expectations. Now, the General Assembly must act to move forward with the lab schools to maximize the potential of the partnerships announced today to benefit Virginia students,” Governor Youngkin said.
“I’ve lived in Virginia for over 40 years and I’m thrilled to see Google continue to grow and invest in the area.” said Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist at Google. “We are committed to playing a positive role in the communities where we call home, and our latest partnerships with CodeVAVCCS and the Department of Education to help nurture the next generation of tech talent in Virginia is another testament to this commitment.
The Grow with Google partnership program provides free resources that community organizations can use to teach digital skills that can help people grow their careers and businesses, according to the governor’s office. Partners receive free program materials, training, and a dedicated support team. To learn more, click here.
With its data centers in Loudoun County and a growing office in Reston, Google has more than 480 employees across the Commonwealth working in functions such as Google Cloud and enterprise infrastructure. Learn more about Google in Virginia: g.co/economicimpact/virginia.
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