Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Amazon Is Expanding In Boston, And Bringing 2000 Jobs To Seaport

Justin Trudeau to make major announcement about Amazon in Vancouver Amazon to expand Vancouver tech hub, create 3000 new jobs
Delores Daniels | 03 May, 2018, 14:14

Its new building, set to begin construction later this year and open in 2021, would mark the company's biggest presence to date, and comes as Amazon opens a new office in nearby Fort Point. Those jobs will be in fields including machine learning, speech science, cloud computer, and robotics engineering.

Trudeau said at a press conference in Vancouver that Amazon chose Canada for a number of reasons, including the availability of skilled labor talent.

"Amazon's decision to bring another 3,000 jobs to Vancouver is great news for our city's booming innovation economy", Mayor Gregor Robertson said.

He noted that Amazon has had considerable success recruiting and hiring Canadians - a mix of experienced coders, university graduates and people who have chosen to live and work in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand for the announcement at the future Amazon site on Monday morning along with Amazon's general manager of web services, Jesse Dougherty.

The office will be a 430,000-square-foot space in the WS Development project on Seaport Boulevard. On top of Monday's announcement, Amazon also confirmed last November its plans to expand into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020.

Seattle-based Amazon opened its first Vancouver office in 2015 and now has more than 1,000 employees, mostly software developers.

Amazon already has more than 3,000 workers in MA. Real estate analysts say it's unlikely that any company - even one as unconventional as Amazon - would put thousands of new employees in one city neighborhood even as they considered a huge corporate campus elsewhere in town, suggesting this expansion is either the start of a Seaport headquarters or a consolation prize.

"Are we going to have people that Amazon is going to be able to hire, and I say absolutely yes", Simon Fraser University cloud computing professor Bill Klug said.

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