Online reviews site Yelp opened a D.C. office and said it will create 500 sales and marketing jobs in the next five years.

The WTOP report, in part, stated, “Yelp pledged to hire D.C. residents for at least half of those new positions.

“San Francisco-based Yelp has other locations in New York City, Chicago, London, Hamburg and Scottsdale, Ariz.

“Yelp said it chose Washington, D.C. for its newest office because of the city’s thriving technology community, talented workforce and its proximity to other East Coast cities.

““Washington, D.C. is a natural place for Yelp’s next office, offering a vibrant local community and access to top-tier talent,” said (Jeremy) Stoppelman, Yelp CEO and co-founder.

““The city’s burgeoning technology sector is a welcoming setting for Yelp as we focus on building the best technical products to connect people with great local businesses.”

“Yelp has leased 52,000 square feet in Terrell Place, at 575 7th St., NW, next to the Verizon Center in Penn Quarter for its operations.”

According to The Hill, “Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman cited the city’s “proximity to other East Coast locations, top-notch public transportation” and its “thriving technology community,” as reasons for why the company is deciding to open up its D.C. office.

“The move happens to coincide with Yelp, along with much of the technology industry, significantly beefing up its efforts in lobbying on Capitol Hill. The internet company has increased its lobbying spending every year since 2013. In 2016, it spent an all time high of $590,000.

“The company has focused on putting money behind legislation that makes it illegal for businesses to file lawsuits against consumers who review them on websites like Yelp. The company’s lobbying disclosures show that it has also put money into lobbying on online competition, which has become a larger issue as the media and lawmakers have begun to scrutinize internet companies like Google and Amazon for their expansive reach.”

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