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Amazon expands Portland Tech Hub to create 400 new jobs

Aug '19
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Amazon has announced an expansion of its Portland Tech Hub and plans to create 400 new high-tech jobs in fields including software development, operations, IT, support engineering, solutions architects, and product management. With a new 84,000 square foot office in downtown Portland Amazon expects to double its tech workforce in the area.

The company has created more than 3,500 full-time jobs in Oregon since 2010 and invested over $9 billion in the state, including customer fulfilment facilities, cloud infrastructure, and compensation to its employees, Amazon said in a press release.

Amazon’s Portland Tech Hub is one of the company’s 18 North American Tech Hubs – a network of development centres in addition to Amazon’s Seattle and Northern Virginia headquarters. Together, these hubs have more than 20,000 employees innovating for Amazon customers around the world. Portland-based Amazon teams currently build and support products and services for Amazon Web Services (AWS) including AWS Elemental which was founded in Portland in 2006.

Since 2010, Amazon has invested over $9 billion in Oregon, building customer fulfilment facilities, cloud infrastructure and research facilities. The company estimates that these direct investments in the state contributed more than $2 billion to Oregon’s economy (2010-2018) and generated an additional 13,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires. There are also more than 34,500 authors, developers, and small and medium-sized businesses in Oregon’s growing their businesses with Amazon.

As a part of Amazon’s ongoing commitment to the communities where employees live and work, the Amazon Future Engineer programme, a childhood-to-career programme to inspire, educate, and propel children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities to try computer science – serves more than 10 million students each year across the country. In Oregon specifically, Amazon Future Engineer is funding computer science classes in more than a dozen Oregon high schools, funding more than 30 young local students in after school coding camps, and provided one school in Oregon with an Amazon Future Engineer Robotics grant. Amazon Future Engineer also awarded one student in Oregon an Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. Additionally, hundreds of Portland-based Amazonians volunteer with local non-profits working on hunger, housing, education, and the environment. In 2018, employees in Portland gave back over 3,000 hours engaging with 32 non-profits, at over 100 events. In 2019 alone, Amazon employees have volunteered more than 1,800 hours with 27 non-profits. (GK)

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