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March 18, 2021

Google: Our tools helped CT businesses generate $6.6B

Photos | CNN A building on Google's California campus.

Google digital tools and ads helped 22,000 Connecticut businesses generate $6.6 billion in economic activity in 2020, the company announced Thursday.

The company said it had also provided $6.8 million in in-kind search advertising credit to Connecticut nonprofits in 2021, along with $7 million in grants to state nonprofits since 2011. 

Over 1,100 residents have enrolled in Google’s IT Support Certificate program in Connecticut since its launch in 2018, according to the statement. 

As part of the state-specific announcement, the search giant also said it intended to invest more than $7 billion in “offices and data centers” and create at least 10,000 new full-time jobs nationwide in 2021.

Nationwide, Google estimated that it helped generate $426 billion for more than 2 million businesses, the company said in the statement, titled its “2020 Economic Impact Report.”

The announcement comes as Connecticut Attorney General William Tong joined 37 other state AGs in December to sue Google for what they called an “illegal monopoly in search.”

“Google illegally maintains its monopoly power over general search engines and related advertising markets through a series of anticompetitive exclusionary contracts and conduct,” the suit alleges. 

The AGs’ suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in conjunction with a motion seeking to combine the states’ case with a pending federal case against Google. 

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