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The 12th annual Doodle for Google competition is underway, and we’re asking students across the country to unleash their creativity and show us their interpretation of this year’s theme, “I show kindness by…”. Submissions are due by March 13.
This year we’re excited to announce our panel of stellar guest judges who will help us choose the contest finalists and winners. They have each made showing kindness a guiding principle in their lives. Teacher of the year Rodney Robinson, works to create a positive environment and to empower his students. In 2015 he started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, in an effort to better understand and prevent students from entering the school-to-prison pipeline.
Joining Rodney as a judge is acclaimed author and illustrator Mari Andrew. Mari values optimism, resilience and vulnerability in her work and has inspired over 1 million devoted fans through her art and writing, where she beautifully covers these subjects. In her New York Times Bestseller book, “Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood,” she uses poignant essays and illustrations to help her readers feel less alone as they experience the trials and tribulations of life.
Last but certainly not least, the multifaceted entertainer and late-night host Lilly Singh will also join our guest judge panel. Lilly has amassed a global audience of millions through her social channels and work in entertainment—she uses her platform to uplift others. In 2017, UNICEF appointed Lilly as one of their Goodwill Ambassadors. She also created her #GirlLove initiative to inspire positivity among women and support each other's voices encouraging upward mobility.
Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson.
Author and illustrator Mari Andrew.
Entertainer and late-night host Lilly Singh.
Kindness means something different to everyone, whether it’s starting a community garden, standing up for a friend or doing chores around the home—so it’s up to you how to interpret this year’s theme.
With Rodney, Mari and Lilly’s help, we’ll select five National Finalists who will win a $5,000 college scholarship and a trip to our Mountainview headquarters. One National Winner will receive: a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school or non-profit and their artwork featured on the Google homepage for a day.
We can’t wait to see how you show kindness. Let’s get Doodling!
Today I’m pleased to announce that Google will invest more than $10 billion in offices and data centers across the United States in 2020.
Google has a presence in 26 states across the country and our new investments will be focused in 11 of them: Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and California.
Everywhere we invest, we strive to create meaningful opportunities for local communities. A powerful example is our data center in Pryor, a town in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Last year, I visited Pryor to announce a $600 million investment, our fourth expansion there since 2007. It felt like the whole community came out to welcome us, from small business owners to teachers to Google employees. Pryor Mayor Larry Lees told the crowd that Google’s investments have helped provide local schools with the resources they need—including the latest textbooks and STEM courses—to offer a world-class education. He talked about the small businesses we have helped train and the mentorship Googlers have provided to Pryor’s students.
This is exactly the kind of difference we hope to make with our new office and data center projects in 2020. These investments will create thousands of jobs—including roles within Google, construction jobs in data centers and renewable energy facilities, and opportunities in local businesses in surrounding towns and communities.
This effort builds on the momentum of the $13 billion investment in communities from South Carolina to Nevada we made in 2019. Combined with other R&D investments, Google’s parent company Alphabet was the largest investor in the U.S. last year, according to a reportfrom the Progressive Policy Institute.
We look forward to continuing this progress in the year ahead. Here’s a look at our 2020 investments by region:
Google continues to invest in Atlanta, and we will be welcoming new engineering teams to our growing office there this year. We will also invest in expanded offices and data centers in Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Plus, we’ll open a Google Operations Center in Mississippi to improve our customer support for users and partners around the world.
Breaking ground at our office development in Atlanta in 2019. We’re expanding our space in Atlanta this year.
We recently opened a new Google Cloud office in Chicago and expanded our office in Madison, Wisconsin. We’ll make additional investments in our offices in Detroit, open a new data center in Ohio, and complete the expansion of our data center in Iowa.
Ribbon cutting at our new Google Cloud office in Chicago in 2019.
In Colorado, we plan to double our workforce over the next two years, in part by expanding our presence in Boulder. We’ll also invest further in growing data centers in Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Google’s Mayes County, Oklahoma data center expansion event.
We’re opening our new Hudson Square campus in New York City, where we have the capacity to double our local workforce by 2028. We’re also expanding our office in Pittsburgh, and a bigger office in Cambridge, Massachusettes, is under development.
We are expanding our Google Cloud campus in Seattle and undertaking a major development in Kirkland to open later this year. We’re making office and data center investments in Oregon. In California, we continue to invest in new locations in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
We’ll also accelerate our work with businesses, governments, and community organizations to distribute the $1 billion we committed for Bay Area housing. In the first six months of this commitment, we’ve helped to create more than 380 new affordable housing units in the Bay Area, including an investment in a development focused on affordable and inclusive housing for adults with disabilities. There’s more to come in 2020.
In addition to these investments in infrastructure and jobs, we’ll also continue our work nationally with local startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners to help Americans access new digital opportunities. Already Grow with Google and Google for Startups have trained more than 4 million Americans in hundreds of communities across all 50 states. Looking ahead, we're especially excited about our work creating pathways to jobs in the fast-growing field of IT through our two Grow with Google certificate programs.
Our growth is made possible only with the help of our local Googlers, partners and communities who have welcomed Google with open arms. Working together, we will continue to grow our economy, create good jobs for more Americans and make sure everyone can access the opportunities that technology creates.
Born on a cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1867, Sarah Breedlove faced many challenges as she sought to work her way out of poverty during a time of intense racial discrimination. Like many Black Americans, Sarah, who would later be known as Madam C.J. Walker, turned to entrepreneurship as a way to create her own opportunity and started a hair care line in 1906. She eventually grew that company into a hair and cosmetics empire, becoming the first Black female millionaire in the United States.
Today the number of Black-owned businesses is on the rise in the U.S., with Black women fueling much of that growth. Even so, Black entrepreneurs still face obstacles, including a lack of access to funding and digital tools.
Google is committed to creating greater access to opportunities for these business owners. Last year, Google.org pledged$10 million to help underrepresented entrepreneurs start new businesses by providing access to training and capital. And we recently announced the Google for Startups Founders Academy, which will support underrepresented startup founders in Atlanta on topics such as sales, strategy, hiring and fundraising.
We’ve been working in communities across the country to provide free in-person workshops through our Grow with Google Digital Coaches program, which aims to help Black and Latino business owners become more digitally savvy and reach customers online. Since the program’s launch in 2017, our digital coaches have trained tens of thousands of business owners in cities across the country.
One of those cities is Washington, D.C., which has long been home to a vibrant Black entrepreneurial community. Our local digital coach, Johnny Bailey, has trained thousands of local entrepreneurs, including Sherika Wynter and Shallon Thomas, co-founders of T|W Lunch Tote, a startup that creates stylish and professional lunch bags. They knew that plenty of people were tired of carrying their lunches in paper or plastic bags, but struggled to find their customers.
After attending Grow with Google workshops led by Johnny, Sherika and Shallon learned more effective ways to use online tools like Google Ads, Analytics and G Suite, and put that knowledge to work. Since then, their sales have grown by 55 percent and now they face a new challenge: keeping up with orders.
As we celebrate Black History Month, Grow with Google is hosting a Black Small Business Meetup in D.C. today, where we’ll be training entrepreneurs on how to use digital tools and hearing from Johnny and Sherika about how they grew their business. You can join us by tuning into the livestream or learn more about Digital Coaches.
We look forward to continuing to support business owners like Sherika and Shallon, who carry on the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, and the many other entrepreneurs who came before them.