Amazon: More than 100 cities bid for new headquarters

Media captionAmazon wants US cities to bid for a second vital HQ

US cities seeking to bid for Amazon’s second domicile will need to contention their proposals by a finish of Thursday.

Amazon skeleton to deposit $5bn (£3.8bn) and emanate 50,000 new jobs during a new headquarters, that will be a “full equal” to a Seattle base.

The investment will also emanate tens of thousands of other jobs in construction and a surrounding community.

More than 100 cities have voiced an seductiveness in hosting Amazon’s new headquarters.

The cities include: Boston; Miami; Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and El Paso in Texas; Chicago; Cleveland and Cincinnati in Ohio; Oklahoma City; Salt Lake City; Camden and Newark in New Jersey; Pittsburgh; Kansas City; Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona; Nashville and Memphis in Tennessee; and Detroit and Grand Rapids in Michigan.

Wish list

Amazon announced a hunt for a plcae for its second headquarters on 7 September.

The online sell hulk pronounced it was looking for:

  • metropolitan areas with some-more than one million people
  • a fast and business-friendly environment
  • close vicinity to an general airfield and vital roads
  • access to mass movement
  • urban or suburban locations with a intensity to attract and keep clever technical talent
  • communities that consider large and creatively when deliberation locations and genuine estate options

Amazon’s Seattle domicile now houses some-more than 40,000 employees in 33 buildings.

The online sell hulk estimates that it invested $38bn into Seattle’s economy between 2010 to 2016, and believes a participation has led to a arise in a series of Fortune 500 companies determining to pierce their investigate and growth centres to a city.

While a new Amazon bottom presents an appealing event for many cities and regions, a association is expected to design billions of dollars in incentives and taxation advantages in exchange.

Publicity stunts

Most of a cities are gripping their bids a secret, yet according to Missouri internal journal a St Louis Post-Dispatch, New Jersey is charity roughly $7bn in taxation breaks in sequence to pacify a deal.

In many regions, civil areas are clubbing together to make a singular offer – per Amazon’s ask – such as in New Jersey, where Camden and Newark are operative together.

Camden is deliberate to be one of a a country’s lowest and many dangerous areas, even yet it is reduction than 100 miles divided from New York City.

Other cities are putting on broadside stunts to pull courtesy to their proposals – for example, Tucson in Arizona sent Amazon a outrageous 21ft-tall cactus plant, while a Mayor of Kansas City purchased 1,000 equipment from a online tradesman and left product reviews extolling a virtues of a city.