Sarkis has been keeping an eye on the potential of Amazon selecting Boston.
The space will be home to 2,000 workers from various fields of expertise, like robotics, machine learning, speech science and cloud computing. In February, Mayor Marty Walsh made public that Amazon inked a deal to move into a massive, 430,000-square-foot office in the Seaport in 2021, where employees will likely focus on Alexa and artificial intelligence projects.
Seattle was a city of about 3 million people - roughly on par with the population of Greater Vancouver - before Amazon's workforce exploded from about 5,000 workers in 2010 to about 40,000 today, helping turn it into one of the fastest-growing USA cities, said Terrazas.
"Vancouver is home to an incredibly talented and diverse workforce, and these thousands of new employees will invent on behalf of our customers worldwide", Alexandre Gagnon, vice president of Amazon Canada and Mexico, said.
Trudeau joined executives and employees at the site of Amazon's future 416,000-sq. -foot (38,688-sq. -meter) offices in downtown Vancouver's old post office.
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Amazon's new Boston tech hub. The workers in Boston primarily handle Alexa, Amazon Web Services and Audible. Even without large subsidies, Amazon's second headquarters would drive up the already high cost of housing in Boston, overburden crowded roads and rail lines, and gobble up scarce labor, some critics worry. Amazon began negotiating the lease on the development with the city earlier this year.
The announcement details show that Amazon now employs some 1,000 researchers and engineers at its Vancouver facility.
"This new project, being developed by QuadReal and scheduled to be completed in 2022, will preserve the building's architectural heritage while reimaging it as a sustainable developed mixed-use project".
Amazon already has more than 3,000 workers in MA. Over the past five years, the company has invested more than $100 billion in the US, including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its employees. But Amazon is hiring aggressively in cities all over the world.