FIRST LOOK: Google unveils new downtown Austin workspace

Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks during Google's new downtown office opening Sept. 19.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks during Google's new downtown office opening Sept. 19.



On Tuesday, Google opened the doors to its new, state-of-the-art downtown workspace where the tech company will employ more than 450 "Googlers."

The unveiling of the new office at 500 W. 2nd St., Austin, coincided with Google's 10-year anniversary in the city. Google commemorated the milestone with a $250,000 grant to the city of Austin to put toward the goals set forth by its Master Community Workforce Plan. Mayor Steve Adler was present at the event to accept the grant, which he followed with remarks on the state of the city's workforce.

"A rising tide does not lift all boats," Adler said, explaining that there were several institutional barriers the city needed to confront if all residents were to feel the prosperity of the city's economic boom.

A tour of the tech giant's new downtown space followed Adler's remarks. The workspace, when complete, will total 300,000-square-feet with the company's famous "G" logo adorned on the outside of the building, which one representative said would change Austin's skyline.

The new office deliberately pays tribute to Austin's own unique features, from the food trucks and parks to Lady Bird Lake and live music.


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