RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – It’s certainly not HQ2, but internet giant Amazon is adding 3,500 technology and corporate jobs in its latest expansion.
Unfortunately for the Triangle, none of those jobs are coming to North Carolina.
Nearly two years have passed since Amazon passed on Raleigh-Durham – one of the declared finalists in the procerss – as the site for a second headquarters campus. And while the company keeps adding jobs as well as distribution centers in the Triangle area as well as across North Carolina it chose six other cities for the new expansion that will add up to $1.4 billion according to the announcement made early Tuesday.
The six cities Amazon designated as its Tech Hubs:
- New York
- San Diego
And countering a trend toward remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon said it is investing in additional offices as well as infrastructure.
“People from all walks of life come to Amazon to develop their career – from recent graduates looking for a place to turn their ideas into high-impact products, to veterans accessing new jobs in cloud computing thanks to our upskilling programs,” said Beth Galetti, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Amazon, in the announcement. “These 3,500 new jobs will be in cities across the country with strong and diverse talent pools. We look forward to helping these communities grow their emerging tech workforce.”
The jobs are intended to focus on a variety of Amazon services, including cloud computing (AWS) and operations.
“The company expects to hire for a variety of roles, from cloud infrastructure architects and software engineers to data scientists, product managers, and user experience designers,” Amazon said.
Amazon continues to build a new distribution center in Garner and also plans a distribution center in Cary.
It’s also opening a retail store at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.
Amazon may replace closed department stores at struggling malls, and the company is in talks with Simon Property Group which operates four malls in North Carolina, including Smithfield.
Specifics of the expansion as disclosed by Amazon include:
- Dallas, TX – Amazon will expand the existing Dallas Tech Hub at its Galleria location in North Dallas, adding more than 100,000 square feet of space and 600 tech and corporate roles. Currently, Amazon employs 43,000 workers across the state of Texas. Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $16 billion in the state.
- Detroit, MI – The acquisition of more than 25,000 square feet of office space in Detroit will provide space for an additional 100 jobs. Amazon has invested more than $2.5 billion in the state of Michigan since 2010 and employs more than 13,000 workers across the state.
- Denver, CO – Amazon’s Denver Tech Hub will grow by an additional 100 jobs with the addition of 20,000 square feet of new office space. The roles will join the already existing 10,500 Amazon employees working in Colorado. Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $2.8 billion in the state of Colorado.
- New York City, NY – In Manhattan, Amazon plans to create 2,000 new jobs and has acquired the Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building, where the company plans to open a new 630,000 square foot office. Amazon has invested more than $7 billion in the state of New York since 2010 and currently employs 24,000 workers across the state.
- Phoenix, AZ – The company’s 90,000 square foot Phoenix Tech Hub expansion at 100 Mill will bring more than 500 new jobs to the community. Amazon has invested more than $11 billion in Arizona since 2010 and directly employs more than 17,000 people across the state.
- San Diego, CA – In San Diego, an addition of more than 40,000 square feet of office space will allow for the creation of 200 new jobs. These new roles will join the 90,000 Amazon employees already working across the state of California. Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $50 billion in California.
Since 2010, Amazon has directly created more than 600,000 jobs in the U.S, and invested more than $350 billion across more than 40 states, including infrastructure and compensation. We estimate that Amazon’s direct investments have contributed an additional $315 billion to the U.S economy over the last decade and supported more than 780,000 jobs on top of the company’s direct hires in industries like construction, logistics or professional services.