While the news at the time remained vague, today the company provided more context with an official pledge to add 800 jobs in Austin.
New positions in software and hardware engineering, research science and cloud computing roles will be created, all of which will join an existing local workforce that was established in 2015.
We’re proud to call Amazon a partner in our efforts to achieve regional prosperity.”
“In the last four years, we have created more than a 1,000 jobs in Austin,” said Terry Leeper, General Manager of Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub, in a statement. “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.”
Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub is one of 17 such centers in North America that collectively employ more than 20,000 employees, — a number that’s in addition to the company’s Seattle and newly selected Arlington headquarters. Those tech hubs focus on creating new products and services, and in Austin specifically, on Amazon Web Services, Amazon Business, Amazon devices, video game design, advertising and more.
The new 145,000-square-foot office will be located at Domain 10, a short distance from its existing Austin offices at Domain 7 and 8 towers.
“We are pleased to see Amazon’s significant investment in the Austin region continue to grow,” said Gary Farmer, Opportunity Austin Chair, 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.”