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Amazon to add more than 500 tech, corporate jobs in Phoenix hub

Aug 18, 2020, 10:08 AM | Updated: 10:14 am
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(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

PHOENIX — Amazon announced on Tuesday that it will be adding over 500 new tech and corporate jobs in the Valley.

Phoenix joins Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York and San Diego as part of the company’s national expansion of tech hubs in North America.

Amazon plans on adding more than 90,000 square feet of office space at the 100 Mill office tower in Tempe in order to accommodate the new employees.

The Amazon Phoenix tech hub features teams working on projects to help support the company’s customers.

Projects include developing new technologies to improve efficiency in the company’s global sortation process, creating new tools for Amazon photos and inventing new machine learning models that use cloud services to personalizing the customer shopping experience.

“We’ve been able to hire great talent in Phoenix and our teams here have been developing some of Amazon’s latest inventions,” Amazon Phoenix corporate office site lead Doug Welzel said in a press release.

Amazon has created over 17,500 jobs in Arizona since 2010 and invested more than $11 billion — including infrastructure — across the state, the company said in the release.

The job creation announcement joins the likes of Zoom and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in bringing new employment opportunities to the Valley amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is really just another example of how competitive Arizona’s business climate is that we’re able to get these types of deals right int the middle of a pandemic,” President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Glenn Hamer told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Hamer believes these companies choosing Arizona doesn’t necessarily indicate that the state’s economy is back to what it was prior to the pandemic.

However, he did say the aforementioned companies show that Arizona is adding jobs “in the right places” as it pertains to the future and that the state was experiencing the greatest economy in its history prior to the government-mandated shutdown of nonessential businesses.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jeremy Foster contributed to this story.

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Amazon to add more than 500 tech, corporate jobs in Phoenix hub