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Amazon expands in downtown Detroit

By Josh Paciorek

September 28, 2015

Detroit is the place to be, and Amazon knows it.

That’s why today the online retail giant announced that it will be expanding in downtown Detroit, creating a new technology hub focused on hiring full-time, high-tech employees.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, Dan Gilbert, and Peter Faricy, the vice president of Amazon Marketplace, joined Governor Rick Snyder at the Cobo Center for the announcement.  

“There’s a recognition that Detroit is not just a place for Detroiters or Michiganders, but a place for people around the world,” the governor said, speaking to roughly 100 attendees.  “This is about attracting people that otherwise wouldn’t come to Amazon or Detroit.”

Currently, Amazon leases space on one floor downtown where nearly 100 employees work.  This expansion will grow Amazon to multiple floors in early 2016 to create a new tech hub that will be paired with its existing hub in Seattle, Washington.   These new jobs in Detroit will be software development, engineers, and advertising sales.

Detroit is quietly becoming a national leader in the tech industry.  In fact, Forbes recently ranked Michigan as the fourth fastest growing states for tech jobs in 2015.  With Amazon’s announcement today, that trend is sure to continue.

“Every day we have new jobs coming to Michigan. The jobs here at Amazon are exactly the kind of jobs we want- high-tech jobs that help to keep our wonderful homegrown talent in-state,” the governor said. 

This project is one more example of why we call Michigan the Comeback State. Thanks to the state’s revamped business climate, companies can grow and thrive here.  Our unemployment rate has been cut in half, and now it’s at its lowest point since July 2001.  We’ve reformed our tax code, eliminated burdensome rules and regulations, and created a job-friendly environment. 

It’s no surprise companies like Amazon are looking at Michigan to invest and create more and better jobs.