Next month, Google is expected to break ground on a new fortress to house its new army of robots an airport facility to house its fleet of private jets for their corporate employees—a project that is said to cost as much as $82 million.
The airport will be a 29-acre facility taking up about 270,000 square feet of hangar space at San Jose's airport in California, and will essentially function as its own mini-airport just for Google. San Jose's airport will be getting about $3 million a year from Google for leasing the space, which may amount to over $150 million over the next few decades. Money talks, and it talks smoothly. The new facility will not only benefit Google and put cash into the bank account of the airport, but it will reportedly create 36 jobs and 370 "direct and indirect" jobs, and generate about $300,000 in annual taxes. As of now, Google honchos Larry Page and Eric Schmidt keep their jets in a little place called Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., which is operated by NASA.
The space agency recently published a report saying that Google received big discounts on jet fuel from the government, though there was no reason they should have been eligible for it—and Google may have to pay that money back.
[via Fast Company]