The new eBay campus. Photos provided by the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development.
When a multi-billion dollar company with operations all over the world sets up shop in Draper, it means our Governor's Office of Economic Development is probably doing its job.
Last Friday, eBay, which runs the website where you buy half of your Christmas gifts, opened its new facility in Draper. Located just 50 yards from a Frontrunner station, the building is 241,000 square feet and houses 1,800 employees. It's expected to add 1,600 more employees over the next 20 years.
The building is LEED Gold certified. "One hundred percent of the energy they use is offset with green energy purchases," says Michael Sullivan, Director of Communications for the Governor's Office of Economic Devleopment.
In addition to greenness, the building houses a fitness center, cafeteria, coffee shop and tries to make work days based on the Frontrunner schedule.
"They chose us out of all of those countries and all of those cities they could locate," says Chris Conabee, Managing Director of Corporate Recruitment and Business Services for the Governor's Office of Economic Development. "It speaks volumes about not just who we are, but what we're capable of doing."
eBay CEO John Donahoe gives a speech at the opening event.
The opening event included speeches from Governor Gary Herbert, Draper Mayor Darrell Smith and eBay CEO John Donahoe, along with music, a ribbon cutting and building tours. The current structure is just the first phase of a larger campus that may include two more phases in the future.
The Governor's Office of Economic Development, along with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, started working with eBay about five years ago. Sullivan says the Office is also focused on bringing jobs in the areas of life sciences, energy, aerospace and more to the state.