Amazon announced on Wednesday (Sept. 5) that it has expanded its San Diego Tech Hub and plans to create 300 new high-tech jobs in fields including software development, machine learning, cloud computing and digital entertainment.
In a press release, the eCommerce giant said that to accommodate the new jobs, it has opened a new 85,000-square-foot office in Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ Campus Pointe in San Diego’s University Town Center neighborhood. Amazon said the expansion will enable it to more than double its tech workforce in the area.
“Amazon is excited to create more tech jobs in San Diego – a city with terrific talent and a culture of innovation,” said Nate Wiger, general manager of Amazon’s new San Diego office, in the press release. “We look forward to more than doubling our investment in the area, and hiring local talent to fill exciting roles across Amazon. Thank you to all our partners across the city and the state for helping us create these new jobs, and contributing to the already vibrant innovation economy in San Diego.”
According to Amazon, the San Diego Tech Hub is one of 17 tech hubs outside of Seattle, employing more than 17,500 people across the U.S. The company said its San Diego-based engineers and scientists recently played a key role in the launch of Whole Foods Market pickup and delivery via Prime Now, Alexa features for grocery shopping, and data-driven and machine learning innovations. What’s more, the Amazon Game Studios team located in San Diego is in the process of creating a new game world that uses AWS cloud computing services and Twitch to connect players worldwide.
“San Diego is a place where ideas take shape and innovation happens. Our entrepreneurial spirit, innovative culture and top-ranking universities make our city the perfect location for Amazon’s newest tech hub,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer in the same press release. “This new facility is an investment in San Diego’s growing innovation economy, our talented workforce and the relationship we have with one of the world’s leading companies, and I can’t wait to see what exciting new technologies Amazon will be developing right here in America’s finest city.”