Amazon's Boston tech teams primarily focus on Alexa, Amazon Web Services and Audible.
On Tuesday, the internet behemoth unveiled plans for a major expansion in Boston's Seaport District, promising 2,000 new technology jobs even as the city remains in contention for the company's coveted second headquarters. "Canadians share your passion for invention and your commitment to excellence - and that's why we are excited to see Amazon grow here in Vancouver".
The company says it plans to occupy 430,000 square feet in the Seaport mixed-use development, beginning in 2021. Last November, it announced it would add 1,000 workers at another downtown site set to open in 2020.
"Vancouver is home to an incredibly talented and diverse workforce, and these thousands of new employees will invent on behalf of our customers worldwide."
Boston is on the short list of candidate cities vying for Amazon's HQ2, but it seems unlikely that it'll land the winning bid with such a significant expansion project now underway. Over seven years, the company has created more than 3,500 jobs in the state, from its corporate office in Cambridge to additional offices in Boston's Back Bay and Fort Point neighborhoods to the Amazon Robotics development center in North Reading and the company's distribution center in Fall River.
On Monday, Amazon announced plans for a new 416,000-square-foot office in Vancouver, B.C. There are plans to employ 3,000 more workers across similar fields as in Boston. With state-of-the-art amenities and an easily accessible location for its employees, the new Development Centre will sit above a city landmark.
Prime Minister Trudeau was also in attendance and said there are many reasons why industry giants such as Amazon choose to settle and grow in Canada.