Apple confirmed yesterday (24/6), during a press event held by Seattle City Hall (Washington), its expansion plans in the porturia city, as disclosed by The Seattle Times.
Although the official statement was made yesterday, the news itself is not exactly new; late last year, Ma announced that it would expand its activities in several US cities, including Seattle.
According to Mayor Jenny Durkan and Apple's global vice president of transactions and real estate, Kristina Raspe, this expansion will be responsible for the creation of 2 thousand new jobs in the city in the next 5 years; Of these, around 200 new hires will be completed by the end of this year.
Apple is likely to expand its activities to the 333 Dexter, an office complex still under construction with 58,500 square meters in the South Lake Union neighborhood. The space may house up to 4,500 workers on the 12 floors of 2 towers, but Apple should initially fill only half of the facility's total capacity.
In addition to Apple, it seems that other tech giants, such as Facebook and Amazon, were eyeing the site, as both companies have other offices nearby.
Durkan published a note on the Seattle City Office's official page commemorating the news and stressed that investing in the qualification of young people in the areas of Engineering and Computer Science.
These new jobs confirm what we already know, we have the best talent and the best city of all. Apple's expansion in Seattle is another example of the growing opportunity that exists for Seattle residents and the economic power our city has become. () By next year, it is estimated that 70% of Washington State jobs will require some form of secondary qualification. It is my highest priority that our children growing up in Seattle today be prepared to fill the great Computing Engineering and Science jobs that Apple announced today.
The Cupertino giant currently employs about 500 people in Seattle who work in a variety of areas, such as developing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, besides iCloud. With the expansion, Apple said it would focus on hardware and software work in the city.