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​Amazon bringing 2,000 jobs to Domain as part of latest expansion

Amazon's job growth comes with new office space of 330,000 square feet at the Domain. (Amazon)

Amazon will add more than 2,000 corporate and tech jobs to Austin in the coming years with a new lease at the Domain, further growing the tech giant’s hub in the area.

At 330,000 square feet, the new office will be the fourth Amazon site at the Domain and is expected to open for employees in early 2024. One thousand roles are currently available in Austin for positions like software engineers, security specialist, content designer and more.

Doug Gray, site lead for the local hub, noted the company’s already massive presence in Austin with 3,000 workers. “Our continued investment in Austin is a testament to the amazing talent and amenities that this city has to offer,” Gray said.

Amazon opened its first Austin office in 2015. It now has about 11,000 employees in Austin—the fifth-largest private employer in the city.

In the Tuesday announcement, Amazon noted its recruiting and support efforts. These include a program for software engineers to apply once and be considered for jobs across the company, as well as a 16-week initiative that offers coaching to people who have been unemployed or underemployed and provides the possibility of moving into full-time positions.

The growth in Austin is just one part of Amazon’s multi-city expansion in the coming years for jobs in Austin, Chicago and Phoenix. Amazon’s Austin expansion is more sizable than the other cities, which will add 450 and 550 jobs, respectively. Austin also outpaces recent Amazon hirings in other Texas cities, with 150 new jobs recently announced in Houston and 600 in Dallas. North Texas, however, had joined five other places last year where Amazon announced plans to create a total of 3,500 tech jobs.

Amazon’s move comes three years after Austin was passed up for Amazon’s HQ2, when the company instead settled on Arlington, Virginia for its home outside Seattle.

But it follows other major announcements from tech leaders in the Austin area this past year. Even before Amazon’s announcement, data compiled by the Austin Chamber of Commerce showed expansion and relocation promises from companies this year were set to bring a record 23,150 jobs across the metro. And a recent ranking from job search company Hired indicates Austin is a boon for tech talent, with companies that have a presence in the region practicing traits like equity and efficiency to keep workers around.

The biggest announcements came near the end of the year. In November, Samsung announced it had picked Taylor as the site of a new $17 billion chip-making facility, beating out New York and Arizona, which had also been considered as possible sites for the plant. Then, shortly after, Tesla officially moved its headquarters to the Gigafactory in southeast Travis County that is poised to make the company the largest private-sector employer in Austin with 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway