Mesa OKs deal to bring $1B Google site to city

Business News | 7 Jul |

The Mesa City Council has approved a development agreement with Google for a $1 billion data center and accessory office facilities. Google is exploring the acquisition of 187 acres just northwest of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

The Mesa City Council approved a development agreement with the multinational technology and Internet services giant, Google. That agreement outlines a potential project which would include a data center and accessory office facilities. According to the agreement, Google has five years to get the first phase of the data center built. The next step for Google will be to buy the land. That is expected to happen within two months.

“Mesa would be pleased to welcome a global leader in innovation like Google to our community. They would be a great match for the Elliot Road Technology Corridor.” Mayor John Giles said. “There is still much to be done but we are excited to be working with another ‘Big Four’ technology company and the future prospects.”

Google specializes in Internet-related services and products including online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Mesa is already a hotbed for data center development including a $2 billion Apple Inc. data center, located just four miles east of the planned Google site on Elliot road.

“I’m happy that Google will be joining our business community.” District 6 Councilmember Kevin Thompson said. “This will be a win for Mesa, our citizens and the entire region. I look forward to working with them.”

At this time, specific details have not been finalized. While the Development Agreement contemplates milestone minimums which Google must achieve, they do not reflect the actual project scope.

“We have a great Economic Development team and City Attorney’s Office that have put a lot of time and effort into this project to get us to this point.” Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said. “We are also grateful to our partners, Salt River Project, the Arizona Commerce Authority and Greater Phoenix Economic Council, for their assistance along the way.”

For more information about the Elliot Road Technology Corridor, visit https://www.selectmesa.com/business-districts/mesa-gateway-area/elliot-road-technology-corridor-6308.

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