Amazon commits more resources to its Texas strategy, adding hundreds of jobs to its growing tech hub – Dallas News

Amazon will expand its tech hub in Austin, Texas creating 800 new jobs in the area, according to an announcement Thursday.

The new jobs will span cloud computing, hardware engineering and software engineers as well as research scientists. Since 2011, Amazon has invested $7 billion in the state of Texas creating more than 22,000 jobs and adding infrastructure along the way.

“With today’s announcement and continued investment in the technology sector, Texas will continue to chart a path toward greater economic prosperity,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.

Along with Dallas, Austin is one of Amazon’s tech hubs which are focused on building cutting-edge new products and services for the company’s customers. After cancelling its high-profile search for an HQ2 in February, Amazon said it wouldn’t start the search process over again and instead would be looking to expand its 17 tech hubs.

One of Amazon’s general managers cited a “strong pool” of technical talent and quality of life as reasoning for its continued investment Austin, something Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said was lacking from Dallas’ offer for the company’s HQ2.

Currently, the company has around 500 workers in the Dallas area that focus on its retail and Amazon web services businesses. The expansion of Amazon’s Austin hub makes it the third largest in the country in terms of people employed.

In December the company announced it was building a regional air hub at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth which would bring hundreds of jobs to North Texas.

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