Google Gives Cornell’s New Tech Campus Free Room and Board

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page pose for a photograph after a news conference at the Google offices on May 21, 2012 in New York City. Google announced today that it will allocate 22,000 square feet of space in its New York headquarters to CornellNYC Tech while the university completes its new campus on Roosevelt Island.
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Stanford and Google might have a famously cozy relationship — so cozy that it was, essentially, the subject of a recent New Yorker piece on whether the university was too close to "Silicon Valley" — but at least out east, it looks as if the tech giant is willing to get into bed with any old college. Gothamist reports that Google will offer a whopping five years and 22,000 square feet of free space to Cornell, whose bid to build a high-tech-focused campus in New York City was accepted only after Stanford withdrew its own.

Cornell has really lucked out on the gift department for this new school. First off there is the massive city funding that got the project started in the first place. Then there is the fact that much of the new campus, which is expected to begin hosting students in 2017, is being funded thanks to a $350 million donation and now Google is — apparently without pressure from the city — helping the school get rolling here before the new campus is built.

The rent will reportedly be worth $12 million or so when all is said and done; to both institutions, the connection is, presumably, priceless.