When a Rural Town (and Its Schools) Experience the 'Google Effect'

SMALL TOWN, BIG COMPANY: The inhabitants of one rural Oklahoma town—including its students and schools—are experiencing the “Google effect,” writes the New York Times. The article chronicles Pryor, Oklahoma’s experiences after an enormous Google data center arrived in 2010 and brought stability to local tax revenue, resulting in millions of dollars in school bonds for textbooks, technology and buildings. Additionally, though the data center introduced less than 500 jobs into the town, Google has donated $1.5 million in the county (largely towards STEM education and Chromebooks) and free Wi-Fi.

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