Oklahoma, Where The Google Comes Sweepin’ Down The Plain

From California, Google has spread out across the great land of the United States. New York! Washington! Arizona! And now which of the fifty nifty United States is Google heading to next? Oklahoma! Below, some news of Google’s plans for the Sooner State and well as a recap of what other states it has conquered over time, as it builds the United States Of Google.

Google is eyeing Pryor Creek, Oklahoma. Since the industrial park has its own power plant, the smart money is that Google will be placing another of its energy-guzzling data centers there (shouldn’t they all go out in the desert now, with miles of solar collectors to power them?).

From Computerworld:

All Google will say about the Oklahoma site is that the company is evaluating it.

"We’re just sitting here in a corner of a state – out of sight, out of mind," says Sanders Mitchell, administrator of the MidAmerica complex. He says that with a bit of a chuckle, because his 7,000-acre industrial park may be the largest rural facility of its kind in the US.

The park includes a coal-fired electrical generating facility operated by the Grand River Dam Authority that can produce about 1,000 megawatts of power annually. According to a spokesman for the authority, it charges about 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which is similar to the electricity rates charged in the areas around The Dalles and Lenoir.

The local Pryor paper has this to say:

“The possibility of Google coming to Pryor, the value that it will bring, not just to Mayes County, but the state … I don’t believe we can even imagine (the impact) right now as far as the kind of jobs that it could bring,” said Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce Director Barbara Hawkins.

“We’re really excited about the possibility,” said Hawkins, adding it also validates the progress of the MAIP and the quality of life of Pryor and Mayes County. “That companies such as Gatorade and possibly, Google, are acknowledging and realizing that not only is our park extraordinary, but the people in our area as well.”

MAIP Administrator Sanders Mitchell said Friday afternoon that he still cannot release the identify of the company which purchased the 800 acres south of Gatorade.

Mitchell cannot confirm nor deny that Google is the company which will locate on the recently purchased property.

Oklahoma would just be the latest in a number of states to get Google a Google presence. Want a rundown? The Google Offices page lists some places where Google operates. But Google has data centers that aren’t listed.

To fill in the gaps, below is a state-by-state rundown on where Google operates. We tried to note the date the company first arrived in a state. In some case, Google may have multiple operations within a state. We also listed Washington D.C. on the list. We know it’s not perfect — we know might be missing some states — but you have to start somewhere!

Now let’s zoom in chronologically on how Google has exercised its manifest destiny:

  1. CALIFORNIA (September 1998)
  2. NEW YORK (From at least 2000).
  3. ILLINOIS (2000)
  4. WASHINGTON (November 2004)
  5. WASHINGTON D.C. (October 2005)
  6. ARIZONA (October 2005)
  7. MASSACHUSETTS (Late 2005)
  8. PENNSYLVANIA (December 2005)
  9. COLORADO (March 2006)
  10. MICHIGAN (July 2006)
  11. OREGON (2006)
  12. SOUTH CAROLINA (December 2006)
  13. NORTH CAROLINA (January 2007)
  14. GEORGIA (March 2007)
  15. TEXAS (At least by March 2007)

What’s left?

  1. ALABAMA
  2. ALASKA
  3. ARKANSAS
  4. CONNECTICUT
  5. DELAWARE
  6. FLORIDA
  7. HAWAII
  8. IDAHO
  9. INDIANA
  10. IOWA
  11. KANSAS
  12. KENTUCKY
  13. LOUISIANA
  14. MAINE
  15. MARYLAND
  16. MINNESOTA
  17. MISSISSIPPI
  18. MISSOURI
  19. MONTANA
  20. NEBRASKA
  21. NEVADA
  22. NEW HAMPSHIRE
  23. NEW JERSEY
  24. NEW MEXICO
  25. NORTH DAKOTA
  26. OHIO
  27. OKLAHOMA
  28. RHODE ISLAND
  29. SOUTH DAKOTA
  30. TENNESSEE
  31. UTAH
  32. VERMONT
  33. VIRGINIA
  34. WEST VIRGINIA
  35. WISCONSIN
  36. WYOMING

Did we miss something? Get a first entry date long? Feel free to add below!

Postscript: Just in! Google goes after Iowa!

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Offices

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  • http://www.searchmarketinggurus.com Li Evans

    Pittsburgh *sigh*…. why not Philly? I can then be the like Barry and get the exclusive tour of the building and ride a skooter around. :)

    Come on Google, Philly is after all the City of Brotherly Love (just please don’t watch our evening news casts).

  • http://www.marketingprinciples.com Cohn

    I am Oklahoman and have a lake house approximately 60 miles from Google’s rumored location.

    http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&f=d&saddr=Snake+Creek+Rd,+Cookson,+OK+74427&daddr=Pryor,+OK+74361&ie=UTF8&z=10&om=1

    Eastern, Oklahoma is beautiful and has an abundance of water.

    If you are out this way in July be sure to stop by Pryor’s hair fest “Rocklahoma”
    http://www.rockfeverfest.com/

  • SEOrefugee

    I blogged about this a couple of weeks back Google Going to be OK but I still can’t believe it. I suppose it makes sense in terms of power and space but there’s gonna be some culture shock for sure.

  • http://cohn.wordpress.com Cohn

    There will be a press conference on Tuesday May 1st at 10:00 AM CST to announce their plans.

  • http://cohn.wordpress.com Cohn

    Scratch that got the time right and date wrong…
    “We will be having an announcement on the new Company 10:00AM Wed the 2nd of May at our Expo Center near the Airport. .The Gov is scheduled to be present.Feel free to attend.”

  • http://cohn.wordpress.com Cohn

    Via the TulsaWorld.com:

    “By Staff Reports
    5/2/2007 7:55 AM

    Internet giant Google is expected to announce plans for a major data center at Mid-America Industrial Park in Pryor at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday during a ceremony at the park.

    Though the company has not offered any details about its Pryor location, other recently-announced “server farms” in North Carolina and South Carolina will be constructed on 210 acres and 520 acres, respectively. Both would cost $600 million to build and eventually employ 200.

    In November, a Delaware limited liability company called Myall LLC registered with the Oklahoma secretary of state. The Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority then sold Myall 800 acres immediately south of the Gatorade plant under construction at the park.

    Last month, the Grand River Dam Authority agreed to double the capacity of a planned Mid-America Industrial Park substation being built at the request of an anonymous future tenant operating under the shell company Tathra LLC. Tathra and Myall are believed to be connected.

    Google uses server farms, or large clusters of computers, to power Internet search requests and other services provided by the company online.”

  • http://searchengineland.com Danny Sullivan

    Valleywag has made a cool map of the States Of Google here.

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