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Amazon expands tech presence — again

BY Dan Berthiaume

Amazon is significantly boosting its number of tech employees in the Denver area.

The e-tail giant is expanding its tech hub in Denver, with plans to create 400 new high-tech jobs in fields including software and hardware engineering, cloud computing, and advertising. To accommodate this job creation, Amazon will open a new office in downtown Denver, joining the company’s Boulder office which opened last fall.

As a result of the tech hub expansion, Amazon will more than double its current tech workforce of more than 350 employees in the Denver area, who focus on building new products and services for the company’s retail and advertising businesses, as well as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Together with its customer fulfillment and retail facilities, the company says it has created more than 3,500 full-time jobs in Colorado.

Amazon’s new 98,000-sq.-ft. office will be located in Invesco’s 1515 Wynkoop LEED Platinum building in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood.

Amazon’s Denver tech hub is one of the company’s 17 North American tech hubs, a network of development centers in addition to Amazon’s Seattle and Arlington headquarters. Together, these hubs have more than 20,000 employees, focused on building new products and services.

“We’re excited to continue to grow and invest in the Denver area,” said Dave Wood, site lead for Amazon’s Denver tech hub. “Our new office will offer our teams the convenience of a downtown location with an array of outdoor adventures just up the road.”

Amazon has been busily expanding its tech workforce, as well as facilities for them to do their work. In March, Amazon announced it would grow operations at its tech hub in Austin, Texas, including adding 800 new employees and expanding into a new 145,000-sq.-ft. office space.

Yesterday, Amazon said it will start welcoming employees to temporary space for its new second headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, while it works toward opening its first permanent building this fall. The company plans to create 400 new jobs at the Virginia site, known as “HQ2,” in 2019 and more than 25,000 jobs total during the next decade-plus.

Over the past seven years, Amazon says it has invested more than $160 billion in the U.S., including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its employees.

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