Amazon Expands Chicago Tech Hub, Creating 400 Jobs
- by Anne Allen
SEATTLE, WA - Amazon’s aggressive tactics are seemingly never-ending, as today it announced the expansion of its already-huge Tech Hub. The expansion is expected to create 400 new tech jobs in fields including cloud computing, advertising, and business development. To accommodate this job creation, Amazon will expand its office in downtown Chicago by more than 70,000 square feet, allowing the company to double its tech workforce in the city. The company held a Career Day event Tuesday in order to inform job seekers.
“We’re excited to create more opportunity in Chicago—a city with terrific talent and a culture of innovation,” said Geoff Nyheim, Director of Central U.S. 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.”
Amazon’s Chicago Tech Hub is one of the company’s 18 North American Tech Hubs. The Hubs are a network of development centers in addition to Amazon’s Seattle and Arlington, Virginia, headquarters. Together, these Hubs have more than 20,000 employees innovating for Amazon customers around the world. Chicago-based Amazon teams currently build and support products and services for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Advertising, and Transportation and Operations units. Together with its customer fulfillment and retail facilities, Amazon 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.
“Chicago is a global hub with an unmatched workforce—the ideal incubator for Amazon to attract the talent needed to fuel its continued growth,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot in a press release on Monday. “Today's announcement, along with tomorrow's Career Day, represents Amazon's commitment to Chicago and the diverse and innovative talent found here.”
In addition to yesterday’s career event, Amazon will hold five other networking events this week in Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Seattle, and Arlington. Interested candidates may access more career-related information on Amazon’s website. Though we can never be sure what developments are on Amazon’s horizon, we can be sure that they are coming. Keep checking our pulse at ANUK as we deliver the play by play.