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Hello Detroit: Amazon Introduces Corporate Office in the D

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SEATTLE – September 28, 2015—Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced the unveiling of its corporate office in Detroit. Amazon has hundreds of employees across the state of Michigan and is in the process of building the downtown Detroit office into a growing technology hub. 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. To introduce Amazon into the Detroit community, Amazon is donating $10,000 and 30 Amazon Fire tablets to the Carver STEM Academy program in the Detroit Public Schools. The Carver STEM Academy offers students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade a curriculum rich in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

“We have a long-term plan to grow our presence in the great state of Michigan, and bring more full-time, high-tech jobs to the city of Detroit,” said Peter Faricy, vice president for Amazon Marketplace. “We have are focused on hiring in the state and look forward to being a part of the community, professionally and personally. Michigan is a rapidly growing technology corridor and we’re eager to bring the incredible local Detroit talent to Amazon.”  

The Detroit office houses multiple Amazon business teams with a wide range of roles including software development, engineers and advertising sales. The teams based in Detroit are tasked with developing and innovating platform solutions that enhance Amazon’s offerings for customers and local businesses selling on Amazon worldwide.

“We are excited to welcome Amazon to the city of Detroit,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “Having a global company establish a base in our city is another example of how more businesses are seeing Detroit as a good investment.”

“Amazon coming to Detroit complements Michigan State's focus on preparing tomorrow’s leaders to support the community, the state and the world,” said Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University. “We’re pleased to have worked so closely with Amazon already as a talent development partner and an employer of our graduates. And we appreciate the company’s growing investment here, which promises more high-tech jobs for Michigan residents."

"The University of Michigan is proud to provide the talented graduates who are a big part of our state's growing appeal for innovative companies,” said Mark Schlissel, president of the University of Michigan. “I am thrilled that Amazon's investment will create more opportunities for U-M students to contribute to the rebirth of Michigan's economy."

“This is great news! We are thrilled to welcome all our friends at Amazon to their new digs in the Motor City. Thanks to Amazon for acknowledging just how much our great city has to offer,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and Detroit native, Bob Seger.

For several years, Amazon has had a significant recruiting and internship relationship with universities in Michigan. Annually, students from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University have been invited to come to Amazon’s global headquarters in Seattle to work on real-world projects and receive hands-on mentorship. At the end of their time at Amazon, students present their work to Amazon executives and leadership while receiving curriculum credit at their universities. 

Amazon employees receive comprehensive benefits, including healthcare starting on day one, 401(k) and company stock awards. Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to their career at Amazon.

To learn more about job opportunities with Amazon in Michigan, visit www.amazon.com/careers.

About Amazon

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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