The Dalles, Oregon
Google is proud to call Oregon home to Google's first owned and operated data center.
We opened our data center at The Dalles in 2006 — over time investing $1.8 billion in The Dalles and establishing a long-term commitment to the region and state. Now a fully operational site, we've created over 200 total jobs, and we work hard to support the communities in which our employees live and work.
Since 2009, Google.org has awarded over $14 million in grants to nonprofits and organizations based in Oregon. Since 2006, our employees based in Oregon — with matching contributions from Google — have donated over $3 million in charitable giving to nonprofits.
As part of our global effort to support water security in communities where we operate, Google is investing in water and sewer infrastructure projects in The Dalles. These new wells, pipes, pumps, and tanks will improve water supply for the entire community. Read more.
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Learn more about Google's environmental initiatives and our quest to operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy, everywhere, by 2030.Economic impact report
Read how Google Data Centers support the economy in Oregon.Podcast: Where the Internet Lives
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Google hires the most qualified individuals from around the world. We make it a priority to hire from the local community whenever possible because it’s good for business and the right thing to do.
We also seek to contract with local vendors whenever possible. If you are a vendor or are interested in providing a service to Google, please learn more on our supplier help website. You may also want to complete the Supplier Diversity Registration of Interest form.Find available positions at our data center
In the community
At Google, we’re committed to playing a positive role in every community in which we operate around the world. Through investments and local initiatives that utilize our tools and expertise, we’re working to help businesses, educational institutions, community collaboratives, nonprofits, and individuals create and thrive in a sustainable, knowledge-based economy. We are always on the lookout for opportunities for Googlers to share their time and expertise with the local community.
Google's community contributions by the numbers:
$1.8 billion: Investment in The Dalles since the data center was built in 2007.
$2 million: Total in investments that benefit Wasco County schools and nonprofits.
50%: Percent less energy consumed at Google facilities, compared to a typical data center.
Partnerships and eventsGoogle works with local organizations to sponsor several community events each year, from promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to helping small businesses get online.
Google’s community investment program supports organizations and initiatives that focus on issues we’re passionate about, including education, sustainability, access to the internet and technology, economic growth, health and science, and the arts.
Learn more about our Data Center Community Investment Program, eligibility criteria, and how to apply.
Green initiativesGoogle is committed to making the internet better for the environment. As part of this effort, we invest heavily in renewable energy. In 2011, we invested over $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon, which has the capacity to produce 845MW of energy — enough to power more than 235,000 homes.