Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announces eBay expansion

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced the online marketplace eBay, Inc. is expanding its offices in Chicago and will create 350 new jobs. The company came to Chicago when it acquired Braintree in 2013, which was located in the city, according to the governor's statement.

The company is leasing 60,000 square feet in the Merchandise Mart, which is the home to several other technology tenants like Motorola.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity authorized a tax credit worth $12 million over the next decade. The tax credit is through the Economic Development for a Growing Economy program, which provides incentives for companies that choose to expand in Illinois over other states. The program requires eBay to invest $24 million in Chicago for the expansion.

"Illinois is home to an impressive technology community that will serve eBay's foundation while creating jobs for our hardworking residents," Quinn said. "By coming to Illinois, eBay will benefit from our state's leadership in emerging technologies and access to a workforce with skills that are second to none."

The company anticipates needing 216 new full-time employees by March 2016 and an additional 144 full-time employees by March 2017.

Companies like eBay expanding their workforce should work with technology recruiters to find the most qualified applicants for their open positions.