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New Google office has strong ties to the UW


Madison (WKOW) -- You can find Madison Wisconsin on, and now you can find Google in Madison.

The internet search engine leader officially opened their new office at 301 Blount Street in downtown.

At the open house, Governor Jim Doyle called Google a perfect fit for Madison.

"It's very obvious why Google moved into this office. It's because of it's proximity to the University of Wisconsin. It demonstrates how important the university is to the long term economic health of this state," Doyle says.

This unique and colorful Google office specializes in hardware and software systems design and plans on working with the UW on future projects.

"We are delighted by this development and hope to make it flourish," says UW Chancellor Biddy Martin.

But the local branch already has some deep connections with the University. Many of the staff that work in the office are UW alumni.

Including Florentina Popovici. She relocated from Google's headquarters in California back to Madison.

"I'm looking forward to seeing my professors and connecting with students and alumni in town," she says.

Graduates aren't the only ones hoping to benefit from Google.

On campus, many aspiring computer programers, designers and engineers are excited about the possibility of working for the Fortune 500 Company.

Especially junior Scott Hahn, who says just having Google in town speaks volumes about the students and staff at the UW.

"To have companies come here and target us. It says hey you guys are the best in the country and we want you!" Hahn says.

Google officials would not tell us how many people work at the Madison office or if any jobs are open.

Google isn't the only high profile company to move in. Over the summer Microsoft opened an office in Madison.

Governor Doyle says the companies could attract other businesses to the state which could help boost the local economy.

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