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Amazon gives a big boost to tech in Austin

Amazon plans to expand one of its North American tech hubs, creating 800 jobs in the process.

The e-tail giant will grow operations at its tech hub in Austin, Texas, a city that was on the short list for its second headquarters location. The expansion will include adding 800 new employees in roles such as software and hardware engineering, research science, and cloud computing. Austin-based teams primarily focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Business, Amazon devices, video game design, advertising, and more.

The Austin hub is one of the Amazon’s 17 North American tech hubs – a network of development centers in addition to Amazon’s Seattle and Northern Virginia headquarters. Together, these hubs have more than 20,000 employees focused on building new products and services.

To accommodate the additional job creation in Austin, Amazon will expand into a new 145,000-sq.-ft. office in The Domain mixed use center, opening in 2020. Tier REIT is co-developing the project with Endeavor Real Estate Group.

Together with its customer fulfillment facilities, Amazon says it has created more than 22,000 full-time jobs in Texas, and since 2011 has invested over $7 billion in the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.

“In the last four years, we have created more than 1,000 jobs in Austin,” said Terry Leeper, general manager of Amazon’s Austin tech hub. “With a strong pool of technical talent in Austin and a dynamic quality of life, we are excited to continue to expand and create more opportunity in this vibrant city.”

Over the past seven years, Amazon says it has invested more than $160 billion in the U.S., including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its employees.
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