Amazon to employ 3000 people at new Vancouver facility

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Boston is considered a top contender for Amazon's second headquarters.

It's confirmation of a move that has been much-talked-about in Boston's tech and real estate circles in recent months, as WS Development negotiated a lease for a full, 430,000-square-foot building in its Seaport Square project and $5 million in city property tax breaks for Amazon.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh both praised the announcement, with Walsh calling it a "tremendous vote of confidence" in the city's economy. And it cements Boston as one of the retail giant's prime technology hubs, even as the company weighs 20 metro areas, including Boston, for the site of a second headquarters to equal its longtime home in Seattle.

Amazon has announced it will expand its Vancouver tech hub with a new office that will bring 3,000 new jobs to the city.

The company now has about 1,200 workers in the city, according to Rohit Prasad, a Boston-based vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa. The new office will open in 2021.

Since Donald Trump became president with the pledge to create thousands of new jobs, US companies have been eager to tout hiring plans even if they've been previously announced. Currently, the company's Vancouver workers produce new products and services for the company's global retail business and Amazon Web Services. Amazon already has a total of 6000 Canadian employees. Amazon's customer fulfillment associates can also take advantage of its innovative Career Choice initiative, which prepays 95 percent of the cost of tuition to pursue continuing education courses in in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. With state-of-the-art amenities and an easily accessible location for its employees, Amazon's new Development Centre will sit above a city landmark. To date, more than 16,000 Amazonians have used the job-retraining program globally.

Dougherty says the current structure's architectural features will be preserved, and the tower is expected to open in 2022.

In November, the company announced 1,000 new tech jobs at its Vancouver office.

Amazon already has more than 3,000 workers in MA. There are also tens of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses, authors, and entrepreneurs in MA who are growing their businesses with tools like Marketplace, Fulfillment By Amazon, Kindle Direct Publishing, and Amazon Web Services.

The so-called "Amazon Effect" could increase rent if the city is chosen.

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