Ride-sharing company Uber announced it would limit its capacity at the new Deep Ellum office to 500 employees.
This is down from the original expectation that Uber would hire 3,000 people to staff its new hub.
The news came last week in a statement from an Uber spokesperson. It signifies that Uber is walking back on the deals it made with the local governments. Incentives totaled more than $30 million.
“Given the dramatic impact of the pandemic, we are concentrating our efforts on our core mobility and delivery platforms and resizing our company to match the realities of our business, which has led us to the difficult decision of reducing our future Dallas office capacity,” the company spokesperson said.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson told WFAA he was “disappointed but not surprised” by Uber’s announcement.
In 2019, the Dallas City Council approved $9 million to attract the company to the area. The Dallas County Commissioners also agreed on a 50% abatement of Dallas County taxes and a 90% abatement of business property taxes for 10 years, according to NBC DFW. The tax abatements were contingent on Uber’s creating at least 2,500 jobs with a salary of at least $100,000 by January 2023.
Uber’s offices are located at The Epic.
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