Just stumbled across some evidence (scroll to bottom) that Google did indeed visit the Triangle, but not to scope out a new office. Looks like they visited North Carolina State University (Go Pack!) just recently and are trying to recruit some grads.
Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
Location: Harrelson Hall, Room 107
UPDATED: ACM/AITP will not be hosting Google’s trip to campus, but Google IS coming to NC State campus. We recommend showing up to Harrelson a bit early to ensure proper seating is available.
If you would like to submit your resume to Google, please check the CSC Career Services listing for more information. The closing date for the Fall 2005 DoubleTree Suites meeting was Monday, October 24th. You may still continue to submit your resume, though it will most likely not be considered until Google’s next visit to NC.
Still, it seems a Raleigh office would make sense considering all of the talent in the area.