Oracle to build major Austin campus

Oracle to build major Austin campus

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Software giant Oracle Corp. plans to build a new corporate campus in Austin, the company said Tuesday.

The company confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman ( ) plans to build the new campus, which will be on 27 acres overlooking Lady Bird Lake. The company said that with the new campus, Oracle plans to grow its Austin workforce by 50 percent over the next few years.

The move expands the presence of another rapidly growing California-based technology giant in Central Texas. Companies including Apple Inc., Google and Facebook are a ramping up their workforces in the area.

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Jobs at the new campus will be primarily sales-oriented, including direct selling, lead qualification, prospecting and technical support.

“Austin was a natural choice for Oracle to invest and grow,” said Scott Armour, senior vice president of Oracle Direct, the firm’s cloud sales organization. “We already have a high-performing employee base in the region, and the surrounding technology community is teeming with creative and innovative thinkers. Our state-of-the-art campus will be designed to inspire, support and attract top talent — with a special focus on the needs of millennials.”

Oracle declined to disclose the size of its current local workforce, but the company has substantial operations in Central Texas in sales, marketing and semiconductor design. Oracle has between 1,000 and 2,000 employees here, according to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., Oracle is one of the world’s leading software companies. It has more than 130,000 employees worldwide, according to securities filings.