Amazon to open tech development center downtown

The e-commerce giant plans to open a 100-person office in Minneapolis.

Amazon is planning to open a 100-person technology development center in downtown Minneapolis.

The Seattle-based e-commerce and cloud computing company recently announced plans for the expansion into Minneapolis. The company did not release details about a lease or when it will open the new office.

Mayor Betsy Hodges welcomed Amazon in a statement for bringing technology-focused jobs to the city.

“Minneapolis is growing rapidly, and our expanding workforce is ready for the new full-time, high-technology jobs Amazon will bring,” she said.

Amazon said in a statement that it is already in the process of hiring 1,000 people for a new distribution center in Shakopee.

The company also said it will be donating $10,000 to Code Savvy, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that works to teach young people how to code. The nonprofit’s Technovation[MN] program focuses on technology entrepreneurship led by girls. Amazon’s local employees, who will include software development engineer and managers, will off mentoring support to Code Savvy, according to a release.

“The commitment to education, growth of the local high-tech industry, and caliber of technical talent in Minneapolis make it an ideal place for our expansion,” said Dave Glick, Amazon’s vice president of operations technology. “We’re excited to create new technology jobs in Minneapolis and look forward to growing our operations technology team to help us develop cutting-edge software applications that fuel Amazon’s rapidly growing operations, fulfillment and delivery capabilities.”