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Amazon Tops 53,500 Seattle Employees, Launches Nationwide Hiring Push

Amazon’s head count in Seattle has eclipsed 53,500 employees, and its Puget Sound payroll hit $9 billion last year. That pushed the giant e-commerce company’s local employment past Microsoft, which had 51,854 employees in the Puget Sound. Boeing is the largest private employer in the state with 69,830 employees.

This week, Amazon, which is celebrating its 25th year, rolled out a new hiring initiative that seeks to fill 10,000 openings in the Seattle area by 2020, as well as another 20,000 jobs nationwide. The majority of that hiring is for new positions. Job fairs are planned next week in Seattle and in five other cities.

The growth of Amazon reflects the Puget Sound’s economic rise, diversity and prosperity, as well as serves to reinforce is challenges, including housing and transportation infrastructure. Amazon says its economic contributions include $111.2 billion to regional gross domestic product since 2010, and support of 14.5% of jobs in the region.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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