Amazon to hire 500 people in Atlanta as it launches music app – Atlanta Business Chronicle – The Business Journals

Amazon to hire 500 people in Atlanta as it launches music app – Atlanta Business Chronicle – The Business Journals

Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is hiring 500 people in Atlanta, making it the latest technology giant to confirm a major Atlanta expansion. 
The bulk of the roles will focus on rolling out the company’s new product called Amp, an app that allows people to create their own radio shows. Amazon is also bolstering its local Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Amazon Music divisions. 
Atlanta’s prolific music culture and its diverse tech talent pool led to the expansion, according to the company. Charlotte Barge, head of engineering for Amp, called Atlanta “the epicenter of the modern music scene and home to many of the world’s greatest musicians” in a statement. 
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Amazon’s expansion plans at the end of last year.  
In December, the e-commerce and web services company was eyeing up to three floors of space, which could accommodate about 300 jobs based on real estate estimates. Uptown Atlanta, a development at the Lindbergh MARTA station, was the main contender, sources said at the time.  
The company also added two floors to its office at Buckhead’s Terminus 200, where it’s been steadily growing its presence for the past six years. That office is known to house AWS, according to previous Atlanta Business Chronicle reporting. 
Amazon did not respond to request for its exact expansion location by press time. 
The roles in Atlanta include engineering, program managers, business analysts and other nontechnical and technical positions. More than 500 jobs are currently open in Atlanta on its website
Amazon’s free Amp app is currently in a limited launch in the U.S. on Apple products. Users will have access to tens of millions of licensed songs to create their own radio shows. The tech giant also has celebrities like Nicki Minaj slated to host shows on the app.
Amazon is the most recent corporation to make a big bet on Atlanta’s talent pool. Nike (NYSE: NKE), Cash App and Ford Motor Co. are all hiring for similar tech hubs.  
And those are just the companies that have announced expansions this year. Microsoft Corp. will also hire thousands for its Grove Park campus, and Google has taken up 19 stories in a Midtown building. 
If Amazon expands in Uptown Atlanta, it could reinvigorate the 47-acre development that is less than two miles from the Buckhead Village. Uptown’s two connected office towers have been empty since AT&T vacated at the beginning of this year, according to real estate analysis firm CoStar Group. That’s almost 1 million square feet of available space. Uptown Atlanta recently scored the relocation of esports production company Skillshot Media. Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in February that Instacart is also considering an expansion there
Uptown Atlanta is set to be well connected in Atlanta’s public transit system It sits at the future intersection of three multiuse paths — the BeltLine, which connects south toward Armour Yards; Path400, which goes north into Buckhead; and the Peachtree Creek Greenway, which connects east to Brookhaven and Chamblee. It’s on the Lindbergh MARTA station and is a future stop for the Clifton Corridor light rail line. 
Amazon is working with the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of historically Black colleges and universities in the nation, for recruitment, according to the company. The e-commerce giant is also investing $1.2 billion into its Upskilling 2025 program, which aims to provide free skills training to more than 300,000 Amazon employees in the next four years. The Amazon Future Engineer program also partners with 140 metro Atlanta schools to provide computer science education and teacher development to train students for technical roles. 
These tech training programs are becoming more popular with corporate players that have large hiring needs. Microsoft and Google host similar programs.
Amazon employs 37,000 people in the state of Georgia, including warehouse and logistics positions. A little less than half those employees were hired in 2021. Amazon opened new logistics facilities in Alpharetta, Appling, Duluth, Doraville, Forest Park and Union City last year.  
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