Google Looking To Expand To Beantown?

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WebProNews reported earlier today that Google is again looking at the Boston/Cambridge area as a potential opportunity for expansion, including an active search for real estate space in the area. In addition, Search Engine Watch references a Boston Herald article further supporting this information, although the Herald cautions that Google also looked into the area a year ago without any action.

However, the Herald did point out how the metropolitan area has taken heavy tolls in job and population growth in recent years. Job and economic development have been issues for Massachusetts politicians, including reform on business permitting. The state's high, 5.3% unemployment rate, and pressure to recoup some of the 150,000 jobs lost over the last 6 years in the state could make Google an attractive success story in terms of attracting business back into the area.