Fresno looking to be home for second Amazon headquarters

Sep 11, 2017, 00:34
Fresno looking to be home for second Amazon headquarters

Deadline for cities to apply is October 19.

Online retail giant Amazon is planning to build a second North American headquarters, and the state of DE is among those bidding to be its home.

Amazon's HQ2 is expected to cost $5 billion to build, and create about 50,000 full-time jobs.

- Metropolitan areas with more than one million people.

The company estimates that investments in Seattle between 2010 and 2016 added $38 billion to the city's economy. Others in the top 10 are Washington, Toronto, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Seattle, Amazon's current home. The housing market there has become so expensive that even wealthy foreign buyers are getting priced out. "Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is one of them; he pushed a $15 minimum wage law that has cost the poorest the most, and won a tax hike on higher earners earlier this summer".

"We will aggressively demonstrate that Dallas and our surrounding area would be the ideal spot for [its] expansive business needs", Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement to CNN Tech. In the image of its founder, Jeff Bezos, Amazon is oriented toward the long-term like few other entities in business.

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"Chicago's unmatched workforce, world-class universities and unparalleled access to destinations throughout the world make it the ideal headquarters location for companies large and small", Grant Klinzman, who works on the city's business development, said in a statement according to NBC Chicago.

Then you may be a frontrunner for what is shaping up to be the Deal of the Decade, Amazon's second corporate headquarters in North America. Witness the $3 billion in incentives Foxconn was offered by Wisconsin to build a factory there. The News Journal reports those two facilities are now home to about 4,000 employees. "Me!' But they should be careful what they ask for", said James Thomson, a former Amazon executive turned e-commerce consultant. "Look forward to submitting a proposal!". "[The] District is open for business and provides the amenities and talented workforce to be a competitive location for major tech firms".

If Amazon does request more incentives from Arizona, Rounds thinks Arizona's policymakers and economic developers should "go back to building our economy the old fashioned way: one small business at a time". Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum has already publically said the city would be a flawless community, and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce is showing enthusiasm as well for the idea.

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.

"This is a transformational opportunity unlike any that we've ever seen", Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said in a statement. Already, this new office of which the size would be similar to that of the siege of Seattle (929.000 square meters) will host 50,000 employees, of which a majority of the new recruits. But based on the requirements the company released when asking for proposals, Denver could be the ideal match for the headquarters too.

"I'm very optimistic about Seattle and its future and I think if we continue to work with Amazon and other businesses to show them what a great place it is to live and work that they'll continue to want to be here", Durkan said.

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