Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Amazon confirms plans to expand Boston outpost by 2000 tech workers

Amazon confirms plans to expand Boston outpost by 2000 tech workers

Amazon has unveiled plans for a major expansion in Boston's Seaport District. However, this latest expansion is focused on its Vancouver tech hub and is created to foster more innovation and technical creativity.

Amazon will expand into a brand new location in QuadReal's The Post redevelopment when the project opens in 2022.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says 52,000 units are either already being build or are going through the permitting process, but he'd like to see more.

The second headquarters would bring 50,000 jobs to the winning city, said Amazon, which promised to spend $5 billion on its construction.

Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver Monday as Amazon announced it's adding 3,000 new jobs to its west coast office.

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"Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in Greater Boston", head Alexa scientist and Amazon vice-president Rohit Prasad said in a statement, the Globe reported. The new Amazon office is scheduled to open in 2021.

Amazon now employs more than 1,000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver, primarily creating new products and services for the company's worldwide retail business and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Amazon's new Boston tech hub. Now Amazon.com Inc. may give Canada's costliest market another boost.

Aside from the most obvious way Amazon could make money through Alexa, ordering items from the Amazon.com eCommerce platform, the team has been developing new areas. To date, more than 16,000 Amazonians have used the job-retraining program globally. The company has recently added additional offices in Back Bay and the Fort Point neighborhoods, in addition to the Amazon Robotics development center in North Reading. In the meantime, Canada launched a fast-track visa program for highly skilled workers previous year, which indeed, may very well have something to do with Amazon's decision on Vancouver. Over the past five years, the company has invested more than $100 billion in the US, including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its employees.

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