The dust has nearly settled after Amazon announced it would no longer move half of its second headquarters to New York. Now, the company plans to expand its Austin Tech Hub and employ 800 more people.
“With a strong pool of technical talent in Austin and a dynamic quality of life, we are excited to continue to expand and create more opportunity in this vibrant city,” Terry Leeper, General Manager of Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub, said in a press release.
Amazon’s presence in Texas has brought more than 22,000 jobs to the state, and the company is looking to spread its impact. The tech hub expansion will create hundreds of software and hardware engineering, research science, and cloud computing positions.
Austin has steadily made its mark as one of the growing tech cities in the United States and one of the top tech hubs in the South. The annual South By Southwest conference and Apple’s plans to build a $1 billion Austin campus have been major players in the shift.
Smaller companies are looking to call Austin home in the near future. Black Women Talk Tech, a collective of Black women founders, wants to create offices and chapters in Austin within the next few years.
Venture capitalists like TXV Partners are keeping their eyes on early-stage companies in the city to invest in. TXV Partners founders Marcus Stroud and Brandon Allen said they knew that they “needed a footprint in a city that was becoming the birthplace for so many great companies.”
“It is no surprise that Texas’ booming economy continues to attract innovative companies, both large and small,” said Congressman Michael McCaul. “This expansion will help ensure Austin remains at the cutting-edge of the tech that’s fueling and driving emerging markets.”
Austin was one of the many cities vying for a chance to be the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, which is set to create 25,000 jobs in Crystal City, Virginia.
Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub is one of its 17 hubs in North America which employs more than 20,000 people.
Amazon’s Austin office expansion is set to be completed in 2020.