On October 21, Facebook hosted an official opening party in Austin for their first office outside of their headquarters in Palo Alto, California. City and state officials were in attendance to see the new 29,236 square foot downtown office which is focused on online sales and operations and has a current staff of 60 people.
Over the next four years Facebook hopes to create 200 new jobs. “Austin has a pool of exceptional talent and a history of entrepreneurship and innovation. There is a lot of room for us to grow in so we are actively hiring,” stated Facebook’s Austin director of online operations Sarah Smith.
In addition, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said about the move, “I was really amazed at how fast this occurred. It is a truly great day for Austin. When you talk about your success in bringing businesses to Austin, and you mention Facebook, everyone knows what that is”.
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