Amazon looking for cities to build second headquarters worth $5 billion

Amazon is looking for a second company headquarters and wants cities around the United States to convince the retail giant why it should take up residency with them.

Leaders from cities across the USA are vying for a chance to reap in the lucrative bid, and Tulsa has already proclaimed interest to bid for Amazon's new headquarters.

Amazon says any city hoping to score the investment will have to meet some key criteria, including a prime location, access to mass transit, and proximity to an global airport.

Today, Amazon employs an estimated 40,000 employees in their home office just North of Seattle's downtown area.

According to news released by online retail tech giant Amazon, the company is seeking locations for a second headquarters hub outside of Seattle, Wash.

Amazon said it was seeking proposals by October 19 and would select the location next year.

Dayton has announced it's going to bid.

Erin Shannon, director of the free-market Washington Policy Center's Center for Small Business and Labor Reform, heard that same message in Amazon's decision, writing a blog post titled "Gee, why would Amazon look to locate outside Seattle?". It includes everything from how quickly Amazon employees could commute in the morning to the type of culture the company wants in the area. There are no sites in the city where 10 million square feet could be built - unless the company strung a campus along the waterfront with 3 million to 5 million square feet of buildings at Hunters Point, 2 million square feet at Pier 70, and another million square feet at Mission Rock, the Giants' planned development across Mission Creek from AT&T Park.

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So what will it take to get the Amazon headquarters to be built here in St. Louis?

Amazon has been awarded 70 state and local subsidies, totaling at least $732.79 million in value since 2000, according to nonprofit Good Jobs First, which advocates for transparency on government subsidies.

It has already offered some examples of the ripple effect: Amazon stands to open up as many as "50,000 high-paying" jobs in the chosen city. "The number of questions and encouragement in we have received from the community for competing in this significant economic development search is a reinforcement of our city's pride and support for the continued growth and diversification of our economy". It is already the eighth-largest USA employer. Indeed, the city's physical limitations will eventually impinge on Amazon's ability to attract and retain the talent that is its life blood.

Quicken Loans Founder Dan Gilbert has jumped into mix to try and convince Amazon to put a second headquarters in Detroit, WXYZ reports. The region still has scar tissue from the surprise headquarters move of Boeing, the iconic Seattle corporation of the 20th century. It has had no obvious problem expanding and hiring here over the last decade, and has done so without much in the way of incentives-as have the likes of Weyerhaeuser and Expedia, both of which chose to relocate their corporate bases to Seattle in recent years, alongside more than 30 Fortune 500 companies that have established engineering outposts in the metro area.

In Tulsa, however, wheels are already in motion for the city to make a formal bid for Amazon's new headquarters.

If an Oklahoma community did win the Amazon HQ2 bid, the rewards could be staggering.

Pundits from around the country were quick to jump on Amazon's plan for a second headquarters outside Seattle with interpretations or suggestions. This has become expected behavior from corporations that bring with them the best jobs in the economy.

Benjamin Romano is editor of Xconomy Seattle.


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