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Tech giant Google to expand office space in Downtown Austin

There are currently more than 1,100 Google employees in Austin, but that number is expected to increase with office space expansion.

AUSTIN, Texas — Google will be getting bigger in Downtown Austin, as the tech giant is leasing office space in two new buildings that are currently under construction.

"The growth has changed exponentially," said Todd Milligan, who has been living in Austin for almost a decade.

He said the biggest proof of growth comes with the change in the city's skyline. 

"It's growing so fast compared to the 10 years that I've been here," said his partner, Maryam Milligan.

Part of this skyline change is because of tech hub Google.

"It makes you proud and cautious at the same time," Todd said.


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Google has leased office space at Block 185 and the Saltillo developments that are located in Downtown and East Austin.

They plan to accommodate the company’s short- and long-term growth of the company and increase their presence at their Austin location.

"When you have a company come in, it benefits the community," said Todd. "At the same time, the community has to be represented when these companies do come."

Construction work for high-rise Block 185 in Downtown Austin has already started and Google is expected to move in by 2023.

"One of the major benefits everyone wants to see is more jobs," Todd explained.

The company will move into the Saltillo development east of Interstate Highway 35 at the beginning of next year to help accommodate immediate growth. 

Todd said it's an investment in the city of Austin, and hopes the company helps amplify what the area has to offer.

"I hope it continues to magnify Austin's place as a globally recognized tech city," Todd said.

There are currently more than 1,100 employees in Austin working on projects across Android, G Suite, Google Play, Cloud, staffing and recruiting, people operations, finance and marketing. 

Their number of Austin employees is expected to rise as the company expands their office space.

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