|150 West Jefferson, Detroit Michigan|
Online retailer Amazon announced this morning at Cobo Hall they are opening a corporate office in Detroit and plans to expand in early 2016.
Seattle-based Amazon says it wants the downtown office that's celebrating its grand opening Monday to be a technology hub.
100 employees will occupy one floor in the 150 W. Jefferson office tower downtown, working on software development, engineering, and advertising sales. Amazon plans on expanding to multiple floors in early 2016 to create its tech hub.
Amazon says the office will mean more full-time technology-focused jobs, but the company didn't say how many. Peter Faricy, vice president for Amazon Marketplace, says in a statement that Amazon is "focused on hiring in the state."
As part of the announcement, Amazon is donating $10,000 and 30 Amazon Fire tablets to the Detroit Public Schools' Carver STEM Academy program. The school offers a curriculum rich in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.
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