MONCKS CORNER — When Berkeley County netted Google’s data center in 2007, it was seen as a trophy fish: a worldwide company that’s known as a charitable powerhouse and tax revenue godsend for communities.
But the search engine and advertising tech giant known for providing immediate information won’t provide specific answers detailing what special incentives they’ve received since placing a shovel in the clay.
Nestled off U.S. Highway 52 is the company’s sprawling 500-acre campus. It has themed street names such as Android Alley, the Users Way and Reboot Road. Seven massive buildings hold computer servers and offices where employees will process information that have made Google’s services wildly popular: search engine results, emails from the company’s free Gmail accounts, as well as viral videos from YouTube.