New Amazon headquarters coming to Vancouver along with 3000 tech jobs

Lucy Bush
May 2, 2018

For Amazon to maintain its position at the top of the rankings it will have to prove itself capable of developing more effective algorithms than Google; not a simple task.

Amazon is still narrowing down candidates for its highly coveted second headquarters, but it's picked the city of Boston for an expanded tech hub to support its machine learning, cloud computing, and robotics efforts. A recent study by the real-estate website Zillow found Boston's selection could boost rental prices by 1.4 percent, which would take the current median rent from $2,371 up to $2,490.

Amazon will expand into a brand new location in QuadReal's The Post redevelopment when the project opens in 2022.

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Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh both praised the announcement, with Walsh calling it a "tremendous vote of confidence" in the city's economy.

In September, Langford was among Canadian cities that placed bids to host Amazon's new headquarters, HQ2.

Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver Monday as Amazon announced it's adding 3,000 new jobs to its west coast office.

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Amazon plans to add 2,000 workers to its research and development office in Boston, the company announced Tuesday, confirming reports that the retailer would move into a new waterfront complex in the city.

Recently named as the #1 most desirable workplace in the country as part of LinkedIn's annual survey, Amazon is committed to strengthening the talent pipeline for careers in the technology sector.

In 2013, Amazon opened its corporate office in Cambridge, which has served as the anchor for its Boston Tech Hub - one of more than a dozen Tech Hubs nationwide that invent and build new products and services for Amazon customers. Amazon already has a total of 6000 Canadian employees. The company now employs about 1,200 workers in technology development offices in the region. Hiring an additional 2,000 people will certainly help.

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The so-called "Amazon Effect" could increase rent if the city is chosen.

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