Amazon announces expansion of Austin tech hub, 800 new jobs

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Amazon announced March 28 an expansion of its local tech hub and plans to add 800 new jobs in fields such as software and hardware engineering, research science, and cloud computing.

To accommodate its growing staff in Austin, Amazon will expand into a new 145,000-square-foot office at Domain 10, at 11815 Alterra Parkway, a forthcoming building at the Domain. The 15-story office tower is under development and will open in 2020, according to a news release from the tech giant.

Amazon’s current Austin tech hub staff operate out of a different Domain office building. Additionally, the Seattle-based company has a fulfillment center in San Marcos. It purchased locally-based Whole Foods Market for nearly $14 billion in June 2017.

Amazon has 17 tech hubs in North America, which serve as a network of development centers in addition to the company’s Seattle and Northern Virginia headquarters. Employees at these hubs build new products and services for Amazon.

“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,” said Terry Leeper, general manager of the Austin tech hub, in a statement.

Austin was a finalist for Amazon’s HQ2, the company’s widely publicized search for the site of its second headquarters. In November, Amazon announced it would split its HQ2 between New York City and Northern Virginia.

In February, the company canceled its plans to build a new campus in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens after pushback from members of the local community.

Meanwhile, in December, Apple announced it would invest $1 billion to build a second campus in North Austin and create 5,000 new jobs in the area.

“We are pleased to see Amazon’s significant investment in the Austin region continue to grow,” said Gary Farmer, chair of Opportunity Austin, a five-year regional economic development initiative launched by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, in a statement. “This expanding presence is indicative of our region’s ability to provide creative and innovative talent. We’re proud to call Amazon a partner in our efforts to achieve regional prosperity.”

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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