Amazon announced Tuesday that Boston would be the site of a major expansion, leading to speculation about whether the retailer would choose the New England city as its second headquarters later this year.
The expansion into a new 430,000-square-foot office in Seaport Square will double Amazon's tech workforce in Boston and surrounding areas adding 2,000 new jobs to the existing 3,500 in the area, CBS4 reported. The workers in Boston primarily handle Alexa, Amazon Web Services and Audible.
"It's great news for Boston that Amazon is expanding its footprint in the Seaport, bringing new jobs and economic opportunities to our city," Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement, CBS4 reported. "This project is a tremendous vote of confidence in our economy, and will be a welcome addition to Boston's growing and thriving workforce and business landscape."
Some of the new positions will involve robotics and cloud computing in addition to other priorities, the Boston Globe reported.
"Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in Greater Boston," head Alexa scientist and Amazon vice-president Rohit Prasad said in a statement, the Globe reported. "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 behavior of millions of customers around the world."
The Boston area remains on the shortlist for Amazon's second headquarters, with $5 billion in infrastructure investments and 50,000 high-paying jobs expected for that location when it is chosen later this year, CBS4 reported.
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