Amazon Expands its Austin Tech Hub with 800 New Jobs and New Office Building

Amazon announced Thursday that it plans to add 800 jobs to its Austin Tech Hub.

The jobs will be in the fields of software and hardware engineering, research science and cloud computing.

Amazon, based in Seattle and Northern Virginia, already has more than 1,000 employees in Austin at two buildings in the Domain area. And the company has been growing in Austin.

In addition, Amazonwill expand into a new 145,000 square foot office in The Domain, opening in 2020.

In addition to the Domain Austin Tech Hub, Amazon bought Whole Foods and also operates several distribution centers in the greater Austin Area.

Austin was a finalist for Amazon’s HQ2, a second Amazon headquarters. That project went to the Washington, D.C. area and New York’s Long Island. But Amazon recently pulled back on plans for expansion in the New York area.

“Together with its customer fulfillment facilities, Amazon has created more than 22,000 full-time jobs in Texas and since 2011 has invested over $7 billion in the state including infrastructure and compensation to its employees,” according to a news release.

“In the last four years, we have created more than a 1,000 jobs in Austin,” Terry Leeper, General Manager of Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub, said in a news release. “With a strong pool of technical talent inAustinand a dynamic quality of life, we are excited to continue to expand and create more opportunity in this vibrant city.”

“We are pleased to see Amazon’s significant investment in theAustinregion continue to grow,” saidGary Farmer, Opportunity Austin Chair,Austin Chamber of Commerce. “This expanding presence is indicative of our region’s ability to provide creative and innovative talent. We’re proud to callAmazona partner in our efforts to achieve regional prosperity.”

Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub is one of the company’s 17 North American Tech Hubs nationwide.