Seattle and Portland may be rivals when it comes to sports, brewing beer and other fun pastimes, but Amazon is showing itself to be a fan of both cities when it comes to work life by announcing a significant expansion of its operations in Portland.
The tech behemoth plans to create 400 new jobs at its Portland Tech Hub. “With a new 84,000-square-foot office in downtown Portland, Amazon expects to double its tech workforce in the area,” Amazon announced in a press statement today.
The Portland Tech Hub is one of 18 North American development centers operated by the e-commerce giant ― in addition to Amazon’s Seattle and recently launched Northern Virginia headquarters. Combined, the Tech Hubs have some 20,000 employees, with the Portland Tech Hub developing and supporting products for Amazon Web Services, or AWS.
Over the past nine years, Amazon has created some 3,500 full-time jobs in Oregon and invested some $9 billion in the state in the form of infrastructure, operations and employee wages and benefits, according to the company.
If you’re a fan of hometown Seattle, however, the game isn’t even close on the employee front, with Amazon employing more than 45,000 people in Seattle ― and growing. Still, it’s worth noting that Amazon, which was launched in 1994 out of Jeff Bezos’ garage in Bellevue ― which also is now embracing an influx of new Amazon employees ― today has some 650,000 employees worldwide.
To put that in perspective, that’s enough people to fill nine football stadiums the size of Huskey Stadium ― with enough people left over to more than fill the redeveloped KeyArena in Seattle, which will be home to Seattle’s new NHL franchise.