Amazon expanding Boston tech hub, hiring on 2000 workers

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called the expansion "great news" for the city.

"Our vibrant cities, which are home to some of the best talent in the world, are poised to attract premier investment that creates the jobs of tomorrow", Trudeau said in a statement. Since Donald Trump became president with the pledge to create thousands of new jobs, US companies have been eager to tout hiring plans even if they've been previously announced. Should Amazon expand its Seaport offices and lease an additional 610,000 square feet of commercial space, which would house an additional 2,000 workers, it will receive an additional $5 million property-tax breaks.

Amazon's Boston tech teams primarily focus on Alexa, Amazon Web Services and Audible. As part of the retail operation, local employees work to enhance the customer experience in areas such as mobile shopping, delivery experience, payment options, and Alexa.

The company is opening a 430,000-square-foot office in WS Development's Seaport Square project - a 7.6 million-square-foot development along the waterfront. With state-of-the-art amenities and an easily accessible location for its employees, Amazon's new Development Centre will sit above a city landmark.

A decision on HQ2 is expected later this year.

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Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver Monday as Amazon announced it's adding 3,000 new jobs to its west coast office. Amazon provides employees with highly-competitive pay, benefits, a group RRSP plan, and company stock.

"Because they (Amazon) know at the current time, Canada may be more friendly to bringing in more immigrants with technical skills to help fill these positions", he said. The move will see 3,000 new jobs created at the facility across a variety of tech roles.

It's a sign of the growing relationship between Canada's west coast and Amazon over the previous year.

"We've hired many graduates from schools right here in British Columbia", he said, citing the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University as well as the universities of Toronto, Waterloo, and McGill.

Over the course of the past five years Amazon has put a priority on Vancouver.