Facebook Coming to Seattle in July: Engineering Center Could Hire 30 People

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Facebook, the social networking phenom based in Palo Alto, CA, is planning to open an engineering office in Seattle in July. The company says it is actively looking for office space to accommodate as many as 30 employees over the next year, and it is recruiting for experienced engineers in Seattle starting today. The news was announced this morning by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

“This move means new jobs for those in our software development community and is a strong testament to the talent in our region,” McGinn said in a statement.

The Seattle outpost will be Facebook’s first engineering office in the U.S. outside of its Silicon Valley headquarters. “We are looking to hire world-class software engineers to continue to build the best products to support our users, developers and advertisers,” said Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Facebook, in a statement. “Seattle has distinguished itself as a city with an extremely deep technical talent pool as well as a high quality of life, which makes it the ideal place for an engineering office.”

The move makes a lot of sense for the company (just ask Google). I had a feeling this was coming when I asked a Facebook engineer recently about any plans to expand to Seattle, and he didn’t say much.

Should we in Seattle brace ourselves for a Silicon Valley invasion? Earlier this week, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch announced he has moved his primary residence to the Seattle area. And last month Twitter bought its first Seattle company, Cloudhopper, and founder Joe Lauer told me Twitter has a few employees based in Seattle, but no office space—as of yet.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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