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Facebook to open engineering office in Seattle

Mayor Mike McGinn today announced Facebook’s plans to open an engineering office in Seattle. Facebook, a social networking service, boasts over 400 million users around the world and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. The expansion to Seattle marks the first engineering office in the U.S. outside its corporate 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. “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.”

According to Schroepfer, Facebook, which plans to open the Seattle office in July, is actively looking to lease office space to eventually accommodate up to 30 employees over the next year. Recruiting for experienced engineers in the Seattle area will begin immediately.

“I am excited about Facebook’s decision to open a small office in Seattle,” said 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.”

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Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson