Yelp to open D.C. office bringing 500 sales and marketing jobs to area

FILE - In this March 2, 2012 file photo, Jeremy Stoppelman, right center, Yelp co-founder and CEO, salutes during opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange. The market for initial public offerings is heating up this spring as a better economic outlook and rising stock market help more companies go public. In the weeks before Facebook's massive IPO, two companies have already notched the biggest debuts since LinkedIn went public in May. Congress, meanwhile, is lessening restrictions on IPOs to make it easier for smaller companies to raise money. The IPO comeback may finally be happening. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Yelp, Inc. is planning to open an office in Washington, D.C., which will bring 500 sales and marketing jobs to the area over the next five years.

An announcement of the plan was made Friday by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The global tech company will start construction of its new 52,000 square-foot office, located in Terrell Place next to the Verizon Center, later this summer, according to a release from Mayor Bowser's Office.

Hiring for new positions begins in late 2017 with at least half of the jobs targeting D.C. residents.

Yelp is headquartered in San Francisco, California and has offices in several cities including New York City, Chicago, and London, the release states. The company connects people with local businesses.

Bowser is a big proponent of tech inclusion. According to the release, in 2016 the mayor released a report with goals of creating 5,000 new tech jobs for underrepresented workers and a creation of 500 new tech businesses founded by underrepresented entrepreneurs.

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