Google makes S.C. plans official; Blythewood site still in play

GOOSE CREEK — Google made it official this morning — the Internet giant announced plans to open a $600 million data center in Berkeley County that initially would employ about 200 people.

Google confirmed last month that it is also evaluating a site near Blythewood and that the two sites are not in competition with one another. The Northeast Richland site is in the permitting process. Once that process is complete, company officials have said, Google will decide whether to build another facility there.

Google applied for the state's job development credits and was approved by the Coordinating Council for Economic Development. The program is a performance-based incentive directly related to new job creation and new capital investment.

The data center will be built on a 520-acre site in the Mount Holly Commerce Park.

Google will pay an estimated $1.96 million annually in property tax to Berkeley County, the company said.