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Google to open office at ASU Tempe campus

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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006 9:38 am | Updated: 4:38 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Google said Friday it will open an office on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe as part of continued efforts to build its Valley operations.

The new office will be primarily focused on engineering, operations and IT support functions and is part of its worldwide effort to build engineering centers in locations where there are engineers, the company said.

Google will occupy space in the University Services Building on Rural Road, south of Apache Boulevard. The company announced last year it would build an engineering center in the Valley that will employ 600. The news sent several cities scrambling to land the Internet-search giant because of the company's high paying jobs and cachet.

“Our new location on the ASU campus will offer our employees the quality work environment we strive for, including access to ASU students, faculty and amenities,” said Douglas Merrill, senior director of information systems, in a statement.

“We are looking forward to a long relationship with ASU and hope to make a positive contribution to their educational mission.” The company said the office will offer many workplace amenities that Google has become known for such as quality health care benefits, free lunches and competitive compensation packages. The company says it will continue to look for a range of new employees to support a variety of business and technology operations.

“We are very excited to have Google join our campus and look forward to their contributions to our education, research and economic development missions,” said Michael Crow, ASU president, in a statement. “In addition to potential employment opportunities for our graduates, we hope Google's presence on campus will inspire technology innovation and collaboration.”

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