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Amazon doubles down on Portland

BY Marianne Wilson

Amazon is expanding its tech hub in Portland, Oregon.

With a new 84,000-sq.-ft. office in downtown Portland, the online giant expects to double its tech workforce in the area. It plans to create 400 new high-tech jobs in fields such as software development, operations, IT, support engineering, solutions architects, and product management. Portland-based Amazon teams currently build and support products and services for Amazon Web Services (AWS) including AWS Elemental, which was founded in Portland in 2006.

Amazon’s Portland “Tech Hub’ is part of a network of 18 development centers the company has in North American ( in addition to the company’s Seattle and Northern Virginia headquarters.) Together, the hubs have more than 20,000 employees innovating for Amazon customers around the world

“We are excited to create more tech jobs in a city with a historic culture of innovation and tremendous talent,” said Khawaja Shams, VP of engineering, AWS Elemental in Amazon’s new Portland office.

Amazon said has created more than 3,500 full-time jobs in Oregon since 2010 and invested more than $9 billion in the state, including customer fulfillment facilities, cloud infrastructure, and compensation to its employees.

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