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Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town

As increasing focus is being paid to the wealth and jobs created by tech companies outside Silicon Valley, Google’s arrival in small-town Pryor serves as a complex example of what happens when a $2.5 billion data center transforms the learning experiences of a rural community’s students in a state where schools are struggling. What they do bring is some stability to local tax revenues, and — at least in the case of Google — a cash-rich megacompany looking to make nice with the locals. Almost none of the $18.4 million that Pryor schools got last year actually came from Google, however.