An expansion of Google Pittsburgh's Bakery Square location is expected to bring hundreds of new employees to the area, according to U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills.
Mr. Doyle said Google will announce today that it plans to add an additional 50,000 square feet to its Larimer office and will hire anywhere between 100 to 200 new employees to fill the space.
He did not provide details of what sorts of jobs will be filled but said the growth is part of an ongoing effort on Google's part. He said the company has hired an additional 50 employees for the Pittsburgh office over the past year. Google spokeswoman Rebecca Ginsberg said the company would not put a number on the positions to be added as a result of the expansion.
Mr. Doyle, who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was part of the team that encouraged the search engine operator to use federal funds to build in Bakery Square in 2009, will be part of unveiling the details of the expansion today during a news conference with Google executives.
"Google is a company I've stayed in constant touch with because they attract the type of people to Pittsburgh that we want," he said.
Pittsburgh Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Peduto said the expansion is a reflection of the city's evolving reputation as a growth center for high-tech innovation and talent.
In addition to a steady flow of high-tech graduates coming out of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, the city's tech sector is bucking national trends for investment deals and dollars. In 2012, the number of venture capital deals completed in the region rose 54 percent and investment dollars rose from $326.9 million in 2011 to $329.1 million last year. In February, the city was touted as one of the top 15 cities for tech startup investment by Mashable.
"Google chose to be here because Pittsburgh is a town that has talent for the new economy," he said Thursday.
The upcoming expansion won't be the first time Mountain View, Calif.,-based Google has boosted its presence in Pittsburgh. In December 2011, one month after opening a 40,000 square foot space in the former Nabisco plant, the company leased an additional 70,000 square feet of space from Walnut Capital.
Deborah Todd: email@example.com First Published June 6, 2013 11:30 AM