It was a big deal when Google opened an office in Phoenix in 2006. I remember a lot of competition between the various cities in the Phoenix metro area to get Google to open an office and it eventually went into the Phoenix downtown area. I thought there was some attempt to get Google to open it in Albuquerque but I can’t find any links to that.
Today, Google announced that they can’t get their engineering act together so they are closing the office down altogether.
We opened our Phoenix office in 2006 and hoped that it would develop to support many of our internal engineering projects, the systems that make Google, well, Google. But we’ve found that despite everyone’s best efforts, the projects our engineers have been working on in Arizona have been, and remain, highly fragmented. So after a lot of soul searching we have decided to incorporate work on these projects into teams elsewhere at Google. We will therefore be closing our Arizona office on November 21, 2008.