economic impact

Google touts $165B biz impact

Google helped drive $165 billion in economic activity last year, the search giant reported, helping 1.4 million businesses. The New York numbers: $26.4 billion in economic activity for 129,000 firms and more than 5,000 jobs at Google’s New York operations. The company said it provided another $45.3 million in free advertising to New York nonprofits through its Google Ad Grants program. Full disclosure: Innovate LI received $307 of the $26.4 billion via Google Ad Sense…