Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans for an expansion of its operations in Downtown Detroit, including the opening of a new technology hub.
The company, which already occupies space and about 100 employees in the Jefferson Office Tower in downtown Detroit, will be taking up more space in the same building and will convert the office into a technology hub by next year.
Apart from Amazon’s investment into the expansion and the creation of an undisclosed number of new jobs, another key benefit will be the fact that Amazon chose to establish a tech hub in the downtown area.
It ensures the continued growth of downtown Detroit’s reputation as a magnet for large tech enterprises and the jobs they create. Amazon’s tech hub joins the large existing Detroit operations of companies including Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Uber, Detroit Labs, UpTo, Quicken Loans and other tech giants.
Amazon also announced that it is partnering with Detroit Public Schools to further STEM education through the Carver STEM Academy, to help students who are interested in working in the tech industry. Amazon will be donating $10,000 and 30 Amazon Fire tablets towards this partnership.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other officials joined Amazon executives and the presidents of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at an event held at the Cobo Center near Amazon’s office at 150 W. Jefferson to announce of the company’s expansion.
In a release announcing the expansion, Gov. Snyder said that “It’s exciting to see Amazon creating a presence in Detroit and I’m proud to have them here.”
Mayor Duggan added that when one of America’s most admired companies chooses the City of Detroit as place to open its Michigan headquarters, it’s a great day.
This Monday is going to get even better for downtown Detroit economic development, because the Amazon announcement in the morning will be followed by another high-tech automotive expansion project announcement today in the Capitol Park Historic District in downtown Detroit.
Southfield, MI-based Lear Corporation [NYSE: LEA], a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems with approximately 135,000 employees located in 35 countries, will be announcing the selection of Capitol Park as the location for their new high-tech design hub. The building in question in Capitol Park was formerly occupied by Brown Brothers Tobacco Co., and is now owned by Bedrock Real Estate Services.