In a big business victory for downtown Detroit, Amazon is announcing plans for a growing technology hub in the Motor City.
Amazon’s presence in Michigan will be increasing with the expansion of the Detroit office space in early 2016 and addition of more full time technology-focused jobs, although that exact number is not known at this time. The online retailer already has about 100 employees at the Detroit office with roles including software development, engineering and advertising sales working out of the West Jefferson Tower.
"When one of America's most admired companies chooses the city of Detroit as its Michigan-base, it's a great day," Mayor Duggan said at Cobo Center Monday morning during the announcement.
"We want this to be the beginning of a technology hub and a big presence in Michigan," said Peter Faricy, the vice president for Amazon Marketplace.
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.