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Google to invest additional $600M in Henderson facility

Updated September 16, 2020 - 6:41 pm

Google plans to invest an additional $600 million into its Henderson data-storage facility, doubling its original spending plan there, Gov. Steve Sisolak said Wednesday.

Sisolak announced the news during a Governor’s Office of Economic Development hearing, in which its board approved more than $25 million worth of tax breaks for a Google data-center project in Northern Nevada’s sprawling Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

The governor did not say what exactly the added funds were for in Henderson. But he noted the infusion would bring the Silicon Valley internet-search giant’s total investment in the project to $1.2 billion.

Andrew Silvestri, Google’s head of data center public policy and community development, said in a statement that with its new data center in Storey County and the “expanded investment in our Henderson site,” the company’s total investment in Nevada would now surpass $1.88 billion.

He, too, did not say what the additional money in Henderson would cover.

City officials had no further details, Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards told the Review-Journal.

Google, which held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Southern Nevada project last year, received approval for more than $25 million in state tax incentives for the facility on Warm Springs Road west of Boulder Highway.

The Mountain View, California-based tech powerhouse bought the site in early 2018 and drew up plans for a data center, but the deal was shrouded in secrecy.

The city of Henderson had signed a nondisclosure agreement, Richards previously said, and Google hid its identity behind an obscure Delaware-registered entity called Jasmine Development LLC.

Jasmine’s paper trail of project plans, property records and business-entity registrations did not show which company was behind it. However, rumors swirled the facility was for Google, and its involvement was later confirmed through GOED, which approved tax breaks for the project in fall 2018.

Contact Eli Segall at esegall@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0342. Follow @eli_segall on Twitter.

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