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Amazon to hire 200 tech workers at its Minneapolis office

Its North Loop team is growing.

Minnesota isn't getting HQ2, but Amazon is still increasing its presence in the state.

This week the online giant has announced it'll be expanding its Minneapolis Tech Hub, based in the T3 building in the North Loop.

This will result in the creation of 200 high-tech jobs in areas including cloud computing and transportation technology, the company said in a press release.

"Amazon is excited to create 200 new research, engineering and cloud computing jobs in Minneapolis,” said Ari Silkey, General Manager of Amazon’s Minneapolis office.

"We’ve found phenomenal talent here, and look forward to growing our team in our new office in the vibrant North Loop neighborhood."

The company passed over Minnesota as a potential location for its 2nd headquarters, with the Twin Cities not making the final list despite having many of the qualities Amazon was seeking.

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But this week's announcement shows the retailer remains committed to its Minnesota operations, which it says employs 2,000 people in total – including at its gigantic fulfillment center in Shakopee and a delivery station in Eagan.

The Minneapolis Tech Hub is one of more than a dozen Amazon has nationwide that invents and builds new products and services fo Amazon users.

Minneapolis' office focuses mainly on transportation technology as well as on its Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says Amazon's entry into Minnesota in the past three years has created "thousands of good-paying jobs here and added hundreds of millions of dollars to our economy."

"We are deeply grateful to Amazon for its continuing commitment to Minnesota and for the jobs this new expansion will create," he added.

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