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Google plans to double NYC workforce to 14K, vying for talent against Amazon’s new headquarters site

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Amazon isn’t the only tech giant doubling down on the Big Apple.

Google plans to double its workforce in New York City to more than 14,000 people over the next decade, setting up a showdown for top tech talent in the city where Amazon is putting one of its two HQ2s. Ruth Porat, Google’s chief financial officer, discussed the New York expansion at Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference, framing the move as a way to gain access to a greater variety of talent.

“Not everybody — big surprise — wants to live in Silicon Valley, so we want to make sure we have the opportunity to build vibrant centers across the country,” Porat said at the event.

The Big Apple is in for a crush of tech jobs over the next decade, as Amazon today confirmed New York as one of two winners of the infamous HQ2 competition, along with Northern Virginia. The New York office will be in the Long Island City area in Queens, and Amazon pledges to bring 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in investment.

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