Google said Friday it’s expanding in Chicago.
That’s part of a broader strategy that involves opening or expanding offices and data centers in 14 states, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced in a blog post.
“In these locations, there will be jobs for thousands of people in a variety of roles — engineering, operations, sales and more,” Pichai wrote.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the move “a vote of confidence in our city’s future and a testament to our position as a thriving hub for talent and innovation.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner welcomed the news on Twitter.
.@Google just announced it will expand its Chicago office. Good news. More jobs. More tech industry growth. More chances for STEM graduates to start careers here. #IllinoisProud #GrowWithGoogle https://t.co/Eqa6itNZIK— Governor Rauner (@GovRauner) February 16, 2018
Google currently employs about 800 people at its Fulton Market offices in the West Loop, mostly in sales.