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Amazon Tech Hub Expansion a Reminder It’s Not Just a Retailer

Amazon Tech Hub Expansion a Reminder It's Not Just a Retailer

Amazon’s Tech Hubs serve as a reminder that the company is not just a retailer or marketplace. This week it announced it will expand its Tech Hub in Chicago – with plans to create 400 new tech jobs, doubling its tech workforce in downtown Chicago.

Touting its contribution to the economy, Amazon said it created over 11,000 full-time jobs in Illinois and invested over $4.4 billion in the state since 2010, including infrastructure and compensation.

Press release follows:

Amazon announced an expansion of its Chicago Tech Hub and plans 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. Job seekers interested in learning more about Amazon’s new positions in Chicago and across Illinois can attend the Amazon Career Day event on September 17th. For more information – including how to register for the event and apply for open roles – visit amazon.jobs/careerday.

“We’re excited to create more opportunity in Chicago – a city with terrific talent and a culture of innovation,” said Geoff Nyheim, Director Central US 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.”

“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. “Today’s announcement, along with tomorrow’s Career Day, represents Amazon’s commitment to Chicago and the diverse and innovative talent found here.”

Amazon’s Chicago Tech Hub is one of the company’s 18 North American Tech Hubs – 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 the company’s 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.

Amazon Career Day
To help job seekers with their next career opportunity, Amazon will hold six informational and networking events this week in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Nashville, Seattle and Arlington, Virginia – the site of the company’s second headquarters in North America. The Chicago event will take place at the Vertiport Hangar (1339 S. Wood Street) from 11:30 am to 7 pm. The Amazon Career Day events will feature businesses across Amazon, and recruiters will be on-hand to talk to candidates about corporate roles at the company’s 18 Tech Hubs, as well as within our customer fulfillment, delivery, and retail facilities. In addition to the positions available at the company, the events will include informational sessions on how to sell on Amazon, start your own delivery company becoming a Delivery Service Partner, or publish your own book.

With more than 650,000 employees worldwide, Amazon has been recognized on LinkedIn’s Top Companies list for the past four years, ranked #2 in the Fortune 2017 and 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies, and ranked #5 in Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies. The company also receives a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. Amazon provides highly competitive benefits to full-time employees, including comprehensive healthcare from day one, 401(k) matching, and up to 20-weeks of paid parental leave — from the company’s most senior executives to its hourly FC associates. Through its Upskilling 2025 initiative, Amazon has also committed $700 million to programs aiming to provide employees with the skills they need for new, in-demand jobs, from paid cloud computing apprenticeships to its Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand fields, regardless of whether skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

Investing and creating jobs in Illinois
Since 2010, Amazon has invested over $4.4 billion in Illinois, including building customer fulfillment and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to employees. The company estimates that these direct investments in the state contributed an additional $3.3 million to Illinois’ economy (2010-2018) and generated an additional 10,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires. There are also more than 73,500 authors, developers, and small and medium-sized businesses in Illinois starting or growing their businesses with Amazon.

SOURCE: Amazon Press Release

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.