Amazon expands its Vancouver Tech Hub

03 May, 2018, 14:15 | Author: Rolando Keller
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A concept design of Amazon's new tech hub in Boston.

The announcement is the latest in a handful of major satellite office expansions Amazon has announced, even as executives are still deciding in which region, among 20 finalists, the company will place its second headquarters campus. "Amazon's future here in Vancouver is very bright".

The online retail giant uses its Boston base to focus on developing its digital assistant Alexa, as well as Amazon Web Services and audiobook seller Audible. "Canadians share your passion for invention and your commitment to excellence, and that's why we are excited to see Amazon grow here in Vancouver", Trudeau said.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called the expansion "great news" for the city. It was sold in 2013.

On Monday, Amazon disclosed plans to occupy much of a coming office development in downtown Vancouver, B.C., hiring an additional 3,000 employees there from 2022 and making the city one of Amazon's largest technology development outposts.

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QuadReal said construction of the entire project will begin in January, 2019, and be completed in mid-2023.

At a news conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday, the company revealed it's opening a 416,000-square-foot development centre where engineers will work on e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning.

In making a pitch to house the second Amazon North American headquarters, Vancouver sold itself to Amazon as a cheaper alternative for tech workers and, although it acknowledged the high cost of housing, said various actions were under way to deal with the issue.

The company's Seaport Square space is expected to open in 2021.

"Because they (Amazon) know at the current time, Canada may be more friendly to bringing in more immigrants with technical skills to help fill these positions", he said. Dougherty. echoed the prime minister's sentiments, saying, We chose to build and grow in Canada because we recognize the diverse and exceptionally talented workforce here.



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