July 11, 2006

Google to open Michigan research center

DETROIT (Reuters) - Web search leader Google Inc. plans to
build an office and research center in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
that will hire up to 1,000 employees over the next five years,
Michigan's governor said on Tuesday.

An announcement by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was set
for Tuesday at the state Capitol in Lansing, Granholm's office

"We want to make sure that the world knows that this
tremendous high tech company, one of the most successful in the
world and the fastest growing, has chosen Michigan for its
expansion," Granholm told Detroit's WWJ radio on Tuesday

Granholm said Michigan had offered tax credits to lure the
Google investment, but did not provide further details.

Google had posted job openings for the Ann Arbor location
on Tuesday, including positions in its library digitization
project, which has been hindered by court challenges over

Google will also locate operations of its AdWords unit, the
company's main advertising unit, in Ann Arbor, Granholm said.

Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, where
Larry Page, one of Google's founders and a native of the state,
earned his undergraduate degree in engineering.

Page has maintained close ties with the university. Google
plans to digitize all seven million volumes in the university's

Granholm, a Democrat who is being challenged for reelection
in November, told WWJ that Michigan had begun discussions with
Google a year ago.

Granholm has faced criticism from her Republican challenger
Dick DeVos for not having done enough to attract new jobs to
the state, which has been hit hard by the financial problems of
U.S. automakers and their suppliers.