Google breaks ground in Henderson

Henderson (FOX5) -- Google broke ground on a new $600-million data center Monday morning near Warm Springs Road and Boulder Highway. 

“We are going to be bringing a number of high paying high tech jobs. So its really a wide set of skill sets and education. It's really kind of a cool opportunity for this community,” said Google Community Development Data Centers for the Americas head Andrew Silvestri.

With the new expansion, Google is planning on hiring up to 200 full time workers with varying in skill sets.

Henderson real estate agent Steve Hawks has witnessed Henderson's growth first hand.

“The people came first now the huge tech companies are coming,” said Hawks. 

They plan on hiring hundreds of construction workers to build the new plant. There's several opportunities for high paying jobs as well for engineers, technicians, and electricians.

"With an average salary of about $65,000 a year- which is almost double what the average salary is in Southern Nevada," said Henderson City Councilman Dan Shaw.

California taxes have paved the way for tech companies to call Nevada home.

“We can thank the California taxes. It's just too hard to do business in California right now,” said Hawks. 

Housing near Stephanie and the 215 has seen a spike over last few months, according to Hawks.

“Apartment complexes that were six or seven hundred are now going for $1500. Some of the newer ones are going for $1900 or $2100 a month which was unheard of, unthinkable five, ten years ago,” said Hawks. 

A data center is what's considered one of the main components of the internet.

Data centers help power any search created online and help store pictures, documents, and emails.

“All of those kinds of uses of our email, and our documents, and maps, its going to be made possible right here in your backyard,” said Google.org VP Jacquelline Fuller.

In addition to the groundbreaking, Google.org kicked off an impact challenge.

" They're doing a $1 million impact grant to philanthropies up and down the state of Nevada that you can apply for. What this is going to do for our community and communities across the state is amazing," said Senator Jacky Rosen.

Google.org's impact challenge calls on nonprofits throughout the state to submit their boldest ideas to create economic opportunities for communities.

A panel of local judges will select the top 5 submissions to receive $175,000 to make their idea a reality.

There's only 13 data centers in the world, and 6 of them are in the U.S.

Henderson was a top choice because of the resources and people living there.

“The skills of the people who live here, the resources, and the ability to move quickly and foster a sense of community here," said Silvestri.

The data facility is a big step for Henderson and Las Vegas.

“It gives us credibility. Vegas is no longer a gaming town,” said Hawks. 

Google plans on opening sometime next year. 

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