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Google moving from suburbs to reviving downtown Detroit

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 15:49:32-04

Google says it’s expanding in Michigan with a move from the Detroit suburbs into the city’s reviving downtown.

The company said Tuesday that it will soon move to from 17,000 square feet of office space in Birmingham to Detroit’s tech-aspiring downtown area. They are seeking 35,000 square feet of office space. 

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“Google is psyched to be part of Detroit’s comeback," said Danielle Russell, head of Google Detroit. "There’s so much energy in this city — so much creativity, innovation and hard work — we can't wait to be part of the day to day action and to grow with downtown Detroit. We’ve been growing in cities all over the country, and there’s something special happening in Detroit.”

Google spokesman Patrick Lenihan says the company plans to expand the office’s 100-employee workforce, but he wouldn’t say by how much. An exact site and move date hasn’t been set.

The office focuses on automotive advertising. It opened about a decade ago. Google also recently unveiled a larger campus in Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan.

The company says the Michigan moves represent a push beyond Silicon Valley. Offices have recently opened or are opening in Chicago; Miami; Austin, Texas; and Boulder, Colorado.