Amazon to expand tech hubs in Austin, Phoenix

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Amazon is increasing its technology workforce and infrastructure.

Amazon is adding square footage and employees to existing tech hubs in Austin and Phoenix.

The company’s latest planned tech hub investments are part of a broader multi-city expansion of technology office and jobs across the country and company. In January 2021, Amazon leased a new 17-story office tower in Boston to support 3,000 new corporate and technology jobs there over the next several years.

The e-tail giant also previously announced it would invest more than $1.4 billion in creating 3,500 new tech and corporate jobs across and expanding its tech hubs in Dallas, Detroit, Denver, New York, Phoenix, and San Diego. 

Following are details of Amazon’s latest plans for tech hub expansion in Austin and Phoenix.

Amazon plans to create more than 2,000 corporate and tech jobs in Austin, Texas, over the next few years, further expanding its existing Austin Tech Hub. These new roles will support teams growing in operations technology, Amazon Retail, Amazon Business, and Amazon Web Services, and include positions such as senior data engineers, senior technical program managers, user experience designers, and financial analysts.

To accommodate its growth in Austin, Amazon has signed on to lease 330,000-sq.-ft. of space at a new building developed by Cousins Properties at The Domain in Austin. The new office space is expected to open for employees in early 2024. Amazon currently has more than 3,000 tech and corporate employees working at its Austin Tech Hub. This latest investment will join Amazon’s three existing locations in Austin at The Domain.

“Our continued investment in Austin is a testament to the amazing talent and amenities that this city has to offer,” said Doug Gray, site lead for Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub. “With more than 3,000 jobs already created and more than 1,000 corporate and technology roles currently available, we’re looking forward to continue offering exciting career opportunities to local residents.”

Amazon will create more than 550 corporate and tech jobs in Tempe, Ariz., over the next few years, further expanding the company’s Phoenix Tech Hub. These new roles will support Amazon’s teams in Consumer Retail, Amazon Web Services, and Operations, and include positions such as software development engineers, senior solution architects, project managers, and business analysts.

To accommodate its growth in Phoenix, Amazon has signed on to a 63,000-sq.-ft. expansion at its existing offices at 100 S. Mill Avenue in Tempe, developed by Cousins Properties and Hines. The additional new office space is expected to open for employees in late 2022. Amazon currently has more than 5,000 tech and corporate employees working at its Phoenix Tech Hub.

“Not only do Phoenix and Tempe have an incredible existing talent pipeline, but this is a place where people want to move to as well,” said Doug Welzel, site lead for Amazon’s Phoenix Tech Hub. “We’ve experienced amazing growth over the last few years, creating jobs and economic opportunity for the wider community. We’ve already created more than 5,000 corporate and tech jobs in the Phoenix area and we are excited to continue investing here.”

Since the beginning of the COVID- 19 pandemic, Amazon has hired more than 450,000 people in the U.S., and the company says one in 10 hourly employees who have been with the company six months or longer have been promoted. Amazon is now the largest job creator in the U.S., and was recently named by LinkedIn as the No. 1 company where Americans want to work and develop their careers.