Google is resuming work on its data center project in Pryor, OK, according to a press conference held Thursday, October 21, 2010.
Tulsa World is reporting that the data center will be operational by the end of 2011 and will employee 100 people. Hiring will begin immediately.
Google stated that the Oklahoma project’s completion was never in doubt. “We always intended to make the Mayes County data center operational at some point. In 2008, we determined that we already had the server capacity to meet current demand, meaning that it was unnecessary to bring the Mayes County data center online at that time. Google’s traffic has continued to grow since then, and we believe it’s time to make this site operational so we can meet greater demand,” read a statement posted on the Google site.
Tulsa World reports that in 2007, The Tulsa Metro Chamber estimated that the “Google project could have an impact of $400 million during construction and an ongoing impact of $14 million annually to the entire area, with $7.3 million of that within the Tulsa metro area.”