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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Amazon Announces Tech Hub in Detroit (Episode 103)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses exciting news announced by Amazon that the online retail giant plans to hire 100 workers to operate a new Tech Hub based in Detroit.

Amazon said it will invest more than $1.4 billion to open new Tech Hubs in Detroit and five other cities, including Dallas, Denver, New York, Phoenix and San Diego. The move is expected to create 3,500 jobs in total, with 100 or so to be based right here in the Detroit hub.

For full details, tune in to this morning’s WJR Business Beat:


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“Amazon’s expansion of its Detroit Tech Hub is another vote of trust to our city and the creativity, hard work and resilience of its people. We are proud to see our vibrant tech workforce continue to grow and thrive in Detroit.”

– Mayor Mike Duggan, to the Detroit News

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

As reported yesterday by Charlie Ramirez in the Detroit News, Amazon is hiring 100 or so to operate a new Tech Hub it will base in Detroit. This is obviously welcome news and is further confirmation of Detroit’s move toward a more balanced economy with tech leading the way.

Online retail giant, Amazon.com, said Tuesday it will invest more than 1.4 billion to open new Tech Hubs in Detroit and five other cities, including Dallas, Denver, New York, Phoenix, and San Diego.

The move is expected to create 3,500 jobs in total with 100 or so to be based right here in the Detroit hub. In Detroit, the company plans to acquire more than 25,000 square feet of office space and this obviously further helps the economy.

The Detroit office will host teams that will support Amazon’s businesses, including Amazon web services, Alexa, Amazon advertising, fashion, ops tech, and Amazon Fresh. The company plans to hire for a variety of roles from cloud infrastructure, architects, and software engineers to data scientists, product managers and user experience designers to staff the new offices.

These are all jobs represented in a vibrant tech community, and we’ll be thrilled to have those openings filled right here by Detroit staffers. And certainly, these new tech jobs in our region will foster the local tech culture and that no doubt is a welcome piece of the puzzle for the new Detroit, as it continues to gain credibility as a legitimate center of tech and entrepreneurship.

Mayor Mike Duggan had this to say about Amazon’s announcement:

“Amazon’s expansion of its Detroit Tech Hub is another vote of trust to our city and the creativity, hard work and resilience of its people. We are proud to see our vibrant tech workforce continue to grow and thrive in Detroit,” he said.

Well, that’s a welcome bit of news to start our day, Paul, let’s go out there and make it a great one!

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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