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Etsy Expands Operations-Plans Newly Designed Headquarters In Brooklyn, New York

Area Development Online News Desk (05/13/2014)
Etsy, an online marketplace where designers and collectors sell their goods to buyers around the world, is expanding its operations and opening its new headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, resulting in the creation of 340 jobs for The Empire State.

Etsy’s headquarters will be located at 117 Adams Street in the “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” neighborhood. Etsy expects to move to its new headquarters by 2016, and increase the total number of Etsy employees in New York State to 740 by 2019.

"New York’s reputation as a center of innovation and commerce, combined with our appeal as a place where entrepreneurs and talented workers want to live, are among the many factors that make the Empire State a place where businesses come to invest and grow," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "After launching in Brooklyn nearly nine years ago, Etsy continues to thrive, offering an exciting technology platform that empowers tens of thousands of New York State businesses and individuals. It is great news to see a New York based company like Etsy continue to expand here, helped in part by the competitive resources the State offers to drive economic growth and keep these jobs here in our communities.”

Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy, said, “Etsy was founded in New York, and we’re excited to commit to our future here. New York is where creativity and commerce come together. It couldn’t be a more natural home for Etsy and for the burgeoning technology industry.”

Founded in Brooklyn in 2005, the firm currently employs nearly 400 people in its New York offices in Brooklyn and Hudson and provides an economic impact that extends beyond its role as an employer in the technology sector. According to the Governor’s Office, Etsy supports more than 55,000 micro-businesses in New York State.

To encourage Etsy to proceed with its expansion in New York City and Hudson, Empire State Development will provide up to $5 million in performance-based Excelsior tax credits, which are tied directly to the company’s job creation and investment commitments. The new Brooklyn headquarters will support the company’s sustainability goals by achieving LEED certification, promoting bike commuting, and expanding its innovative composting partnership. Etsy’s workforce will include a combination of engineering, administration, marketing and support jobs.

ESD President/CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, “As one of New York City’s largest homegrown tech employers, we applaud Etsy for its commitment to expand in Brooklyn. New York State is the perfect fit for fast-growing, forward-thinking companies like Etsy and we are looking forward to the more than 300 new jobs that their growth will bring."

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