Google’s Atlanta Presence Expands to Heights and Office Space – SupportReport

By Maria Saporta

Google celebrated its love for Atlanta on July 27 when it opened its new office space in Midtown.

In its new location, the tech company clearly embraces Atlanta and Georgia — highlighting its role as a center for civil and human rights for all, as well as its multicultural music and entertainment offerings. Governor Brian Kemp helped officially open the new office.

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Google’s Matthew Pritchard shows Gov. Brian Kemp and Marty Kemp a demonstration of Google’s G tape (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

Matthew Pritchard, Google’s co-site manager in Atlanta, said the goal of building the space was, “Let’s design it as a love letter to Atlanta. »

Google has expanded its presence in Atlanta. It now employs more than 1,000 employees in two Midtown locations and a Douglas County data center.

Google’s new Midtown office is at 1105 West Peachtree Street, and the company is leasing 19 floors, or about 500,000 square feet, of the building. He also retained his offices at West Peachtree and 10th Sts., just two blocks south of the new building.

Google’s Atlanta workforce is expected to continue to grow, largely due to the company’s commitment to double its black workforce by 2020 by 2025.

“This is literally a whole new chapter, and an exciting chapter for Google and technology in Atlanta,” said Reggie McKnight, Google’s global social impact manager based in Atlanta. “It’s exciting to see technology embrace Atlanta’s assets. »

Two years ago, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, said Google was committed to improving the representation of underrepresented groups at senior levels by 30% by 2025,” as well as doubling the number of black Googlers.

Atlanta has more black students than any other city in the country thanks to the presence of historically black colleges and universities and its top public institutions — Georgia State University and Georgia Tech — to name just two.

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A colorful staircase in Google’s new midtown office building pays homage to the Rainbow Sidewalk several blocks away. (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

Because of this, Atlanta is well positioned to increase its share of Google’s investment and workforce. The company has pledged to invest $7 billion in offices in the United States with a goal of adding 10,000 new full-time Google workers by 2021.

“Google has a saying — we want to build for everyone,” McKnight said. “I can’t think of a city that better represents building for all than Atlanta, with its unequal civil and human rights heritage. »

While touring the Atlanta offices, it was clear that the company has embraced Atlanta’s diverse spirit. Its cafeteria is called the WERD Cafe in honor of America’s first black-owned and programmed radio station, a claim to fame from Atlanta.

“Inspired by the city’s legacy for social change, our office was designed to pay homage to the people of Atlanta, with each floor a message of Atlanta’s cultural, musical and artistic history,” the company wrote in an email that it worked with. More than 50 local and diverse businesses designed and created the new space and included artwork by more than 20 local artists.

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A two-story heart in the main lobby of Google’s new Midtown space shows the company’s love for Atlanta and Georgia. (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

In the main lobby on the 18th floor, a giant heart welcomes visitors with a large map of Georgia. A staircase features a rainbow design to show the company’s support for the LGBTQ+ community.

The agency said that in 2021, Google products will help thousands of businesses, nonprofits, publishers, creators and Georgian developers deliver $13.2 billion in economic activity.

Google announced during the office opening that it is pledging $1 million to the Urban League of Atlanta to support the nonprofit’s work in training nonprofits across the state.

Pritchard said Google has had a presence in Atlanta since 2001, when it started with about 10 sales staff. When he moved to his 10th Street location, Pritchard said former President Jimmy Carter helped open that location.

View of Google's original Midtown building

A view of Google’s first office space in Midtown from its new office space in Midtown. (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

“The real story is that we’re going to move the global team from a small advertising office space in Atlanta to Atlanta,” said McKnight, who is in one of those globa.l roles. “Google is bringing many of its top talents to Atlanta from around the country. »

In addition to McKnight and Pritchard, Atlanta’s top Google executives include:

  • Daniel Berlin, vice president of engineering and co-head of the Google Atlanta site
  • Monique Pico, vice president of global server operations and technology strategy at Google
  • Felica Coney, Google’s vice president of operations and sync for the Americas, and
  • Dasheika Ruffin, Global Head of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

McKnight is quick to point out that Google is intentionally non-hierarchical, so it doesn’t have a traditional organizational chart.

As much as Google embraces Atlanta, it’s also expanding to many other cities in the United States and around the world.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Google employs 45,000 people in the Bay Area. It has a total of 156,500 employees worldwide.

New York City is another major Google hub with about 12,000 employees. Other major Google hubs include Chicago, home to about 1,800 Googlers. Google opened an office in Austin, Texas in 2007 and now has more than 1,500 employees in Central Texas.

Google also has campuses in Montreal, Berlin, London, Madrid, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, and Warsaw.

When asked how Atlanta fits into Google’s global landscape, McKnight was optimistic about his adopted city.

“Google has a saying — we want to build for everyone,” McKnight said. “I can’t think of a city that better represents building for all than Atlanta, with its unequal civil and human rights heritage. »

Top Google Executives in Atlanta:

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Top row (left to right): Monique Pico, Reggie McKnight, Daniel Berlin
Bottom row (left to right): Felica Coney, Matthew Pritchard, Dashieka Ruffin

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A large map of Georgia highlights Google’s presence in Atlanta (photo by Maria Supporter)

Boombox

An art installation features a collage of boomboxes on the wall of the 18th floor lobby in Google’s new midtown office building. (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

Corner with swing chair

Google’s new office building has several spaces for Googlers to comfortably work or socialize. (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

eat the rainbow

Google’s “Eat the Rainbow” space offers an assortment of colorful fruits and vegetables to promote healthy eating. (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

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A colorful elevator hall in Google’s new midtown office building. (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

Google Building Daytime

Google’s new midtown office building during the day. (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

Google Cassette Tape

A close-up of the tape featuring Google’s trademark “G”. (Photo by Maria Supporter.)

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