Amazon Expanding Boston Tech Hub, Creating 2000 Local Jobs

Amazon Expanding Boston Tech Hub, Creating 2000 Local Jobs”

The tech giant has plans to open a new office building that, they announced in a press release, will create 3,000 new jobs in areas like e-commerce technology, machine learning and cloud computing.

Critics have said Boston residents and particularly those who live in predominantly minority neighborhoods have been largely shut out of the Seaport boom. "In just a few years, we've grown from a handful of software developers and scientists to a team of more than 1,200, inventing new capabilities and products on behalf of millions of customers around the world". Boston's seaport represents an ongoing development of about nine hectares of land involving a mix of more than 700,000 square metres of residential, hotel, office, retail, entertainment, civic and cultural spaces.

The Seaport district fell largely into decay and disuse in the middle part of the 20th century before being transforming in recent decades into a center for cutting-edge technology firms. Amazon has yet to clarify how much money it's committing to the newly announced Boston expansion, though it already revealed other details about the move, including the fact that it's expanding to WS Development's Seaport project spanning 7.6 million feet stretching across the city's waterfront. This will allow the company to double its tech workforce in the Boston metropolitan area.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh both celebrated Amazon's decision, with Walsh labeling it a strong vote of confidence for the city. Amazon said it is committed to strengthening the talent pipeline for careers in the technology sector. There are also new fulfillment centers planned for Nevada and Missouri. To date, more than 16,000 Amazonians have used the job-retraining programs globally.

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