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Posted on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 : 9:55 a.m.

Google renews lease for downtown Ann Arbor office in McKinley Towne Centre

By Paula Gardner

The colorful Google sign won't be moving from downtown Ann Arbor for another five years, according to an article published today in Crain's Detroit Business.

The publication is quoting a Google spokesman as saying the search-engine giant renewed its deal for 80,000 square feet in McKinley Towne Centre on South Division.


Workers clean the Google sign last April. It's located on the South Division Street side of McKinley Towne Centre in downtown Ann Arbor

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Google operates its AdWords sales division there, after moving it to Ann Arbor in 2006 with promises of creating up to 1,000 jobs.

The company resists talking about its hiring plans, but AdWords director Mike Miller told in July 2009 that it employed about 250 people in Ann Arbor.

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Thu, Oct 7, 2010 : 1:33 a.m.

So, cribs their stories on local events of companies from other news source? Ok, I understand if the story was from the AP or Reuters. But, why aren't local reporters getting the scope?


Wed, Oct 6, 2010 : 10:19 p.m.

This fantasy about Google hiring 250 people in Ann Arbor is a bunch of you-know-what. I spoke to people working closely with HR and they said those "new" hires are transfers from California.


Wed, Oct 6, 2010 : 5:39 p.m.

I hope that guy in the picture who is leaning over the edge of the building has a safety harness on...


Wed, Oct 6, 2010 : 11:23 a.m.

"with promises of creating up to 1,000 jobs." Up to....up to...say it with me; up to.


Wed, Oct 6, 2010 : 10:49 a.m.

I think that would correctly be termed "Midtown", since that's what somebody renamed the corner of Liberty & Division. Maybe next they'll just call it "Googletown".


Wed, Oct 6, 2010 : 9:21 a.m.

So where are the other 750 jobs?