Google announced on Monday that it will invest an extra $1.7 billion in three data centers campuses located in central Ohio .
The technology giant operates a facility in New Albany. In May, it announced that additional centers would be built in Columbus and Lancaster in order to power its artificial-intelligence technologies and other tools.
Mark Isakowitz is Google’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy. He said that the extra money would be used to finish the Columbus and Lancaster Centers and expand the New Albany Facility, but he did not reveal any specifics.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, a Google participant who took part in the announcement, stated that no tax incentives or other public incentives were given by Google for this data-center expansion.
The proliferation of data centers in the U.S. has become a welcomed revenue source for local government. These data centers also use a lot of electricity, and require high-voltage transmission cables.