Amazon to turn old downtown post office into tech hub

Amazon to turn old downtown post office into tech hub

Amazon announced today that they are going to open a new 38,000 square metre office tower at the old post office and it will go fully online by 2022. Currently, the company's Vancouver workers produce new products and services for the company's worldwide retail business and Amazon Web Services.

The new operation will be in addition to Amazon's 156,000-square-foot building opened in Vancouver in 2015.

The company now has about 1,200 workers in the city, according to Rohit Prasad, a Boston-based vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa.

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There wasn't time to take anything. "When people told me there was a fire, I woke up the children and ran", she said. The government estimates that almost 4000 families are living in vacant buildings downtown.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who attended the announcement, said Canadians are excited to see Amazon expand its presence across the country. In documents included with Vancouver's HQ2 proposal, the authors noted that the city had "the lowest wages of all North American tech hubs". And on top of Monday's announcement, in November a year ago, Amazon announced it would be expanding into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020. Vancouver applied, but was not among the finalists for the project, which Amazon says it hopes to staff with 50,000 people.

On Monday, Amazon announced plans for a new 416,000-square-foot office in Vancouver, B.C. There are plans to employ 3,000 more workers across similar fields as in Boston. And it cements Boston as one of the retail giant's prime technology hubs, even as the company weighs 20 metro areas, including Boston, for the site of a second headquarters to equal its longtime home in Seattle. Amazon said it expects to grow to 5,000 corporate employees in Vancouver in the coming years.

"I want to highlight Amazon's commitment to recruiting top talent from our universities and give students the opportunity to have a direct impact on the evolution of their technologies at an early stage of their career", Trudeau said, speaking at a press conference.

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