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Amazon to expand Chicago tech hub

The e-tail giant will create 400 new tech jobs in the Windy City.

Amazon will expand its office in downtown Chicago by more than 70,000-sq.-ft, allowing the company to double its tech workforce in the city. The expansion will create new tech jobs in fields including cloud computing, advertising, and business development.

Amazon’s Chicago tech hub is one of the company’s 18 North American tech hubs – a network of development centers in addition to the company’s Seattle and Arlington, Va., headquarters. Together, these hubs have more than 20,000 employees working on global IT projects. Chicago-based Amazon teams currently build and support products and services for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon advertising, and the company’s transportation and operations units.

“We’re excited to create more opportunity in Chicago – a city with terrific talent and a culture of innovation,” said Geoff Nyheim, director central US AWS sales. “We look forward to doubling our teams in the Windy City, contributing to its diverse economy, and hiring local talent to fill exciting roles across Amazon.”

Together with its customer fulfillment and retail facilities, Amazon says it has created more than 11,000 full-time jobs in Illinois and invested over $4.4 billion in the state since 2010, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.
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