Amazon has announced that it will hire 800 new tech workers in for its Austin tech hub. The online retailer said the hires will fill openings in the areas including software and hardware engineering, research science, and cloud computing. Amazon has created more than 22,000 full-time jobs in Texas and since 2011 and has invested more than $7 billion in the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.
News of the Austin expansion comes after Amazon made the decision to ditch a partial HQ2 in Queens, New York after intense opposition from local officials and residents who criticized the promised $3 billion in tax incentives. There were also concerns about the impact on the already strained public transportation system. Plans for another HQ2 in Northern Virginia are going to continue. That facility is expected to employ 25,000 workers.
Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub is one of the company’s 17 North American Tech Hubs. They make up a network of development centers that are in addition to Amazon’s Seattle and Northern Virginia headquarters. Collectively, the tech hubs have more than 20,000 employees who build new products and services for Amazon customers around the world. Austin-based teams primarily focus on Amazon web services, Amazon business, Amazon devices, video game design and advertising.
Amazon plans to expand into a new 145,000-square-foot office in The Domain, opening in 2020, to accommodate all of the workers. Amazon’s new office will be located in Domain 10 owned by TIER REIT, which is co-developing the project with Endeavor Real Estate Group.
“We are pleased to see Amazon’s significant investment in the Austin region continue to grow,” Gary Farmer, Opportunity Austin Chair of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release. “This expanding presence is indicative of our region’s ability to provide creative and innovative talent.”
Amazon’s Austin expansion happens at a time when tech jobs are booming in the area by some of the world’s largest tech companies. At the end of 2018, Apple announced it would establish a new $1 billion campus in North Austin that will be home to 5,000 Apple employees and is expected to grow to as many as 15,000 employees in years to come.
Google has also been rapidly expanding its presence in downtown Austin, with plans to lease an entire new tower near the one it is currently in. Meanwhile, General Motors, Walmart and The Home Depot and several other large companies have established tech-related outposts in Austin, often saying they want to be close to the city’s strong tech talent base.
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