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Amazon Opens Search for Second Headquarter City in North America


The online giant, based in Seattle, says that the new site would come with up to 50,000 jobs.

Amazon gets tax breaks when cities compete for its massive warehouses, where it packs and ships orders. "Or are they looking to go more into the interior of the country?"

According to the RFP, Amazon is looking to locate its HQ2 in an urban or suburban location with a population of at least one million, and be close to communities where it can attract talent.

4 Amazon facilities already in Arizona. He says, "There will be states that offer well above a reasonable value in incentives", which creates the risk of going from good public policy to bad. "We are committed to continuing that legacy", she said. "If bringing a company like this helps our infrastructure in District 2, helps bus service in District 2, then those are things I want for my district", said Garza. Here's a memorable example: even after Apple chose an Arizona site for its first US manufacturing facility a few years ago, the company steadfastly refused to divulge any information about what it planned to make in the new plant (which turned out to be display screens for smartphones). For cities like Tulsa, that means a little over a month to put together a lucrative and attractive package. He declined to bash the incentives. The project plays into the strengths of the Kansas City community, and the area should be a compelling pitch to Amazon, he added. It wants a city of more than a million people with an worldwide airport, good education and mass transit. The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington region has about 3.5 million residents, ranking just behind Seattle's 3.8 million, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.

Mostly, the announcement raises a lot of questions: How will Amazon's relationship with the city change with a second headquarters? "Kansas City International Airport" holds its title because of flights to Toronto and Cancun, which isn't the globe-spanning range Amazon wants."Other top contenders mentioned in the PCmag piece include Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Charlotte".

"We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters", Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

- A stable and business-friendly environment.


Earlier this year the city announced a pilot partnership with Starship Technologies, an autonomous personal delivery device technology company, and is host to GoMentum station, the nation's largest closed autonomous vehicles test track.

Greater MSP, a Minneapolis and St. Paul economic development booster, said it is already working with the state to provide a "unified response" to the Amazon opportunity.

Amazon is perhaps only one of the few companies that greatly affect the place they set up shop in.

The project would initially need more than 500,000 square feet and up to 8 million square feet beyond 2027, Amazon said.

"While there are may encouraging business reasons for Amazon to set up shop in MI, I firmly believe that our most impressive asset is the incredible, hard-working Michiganders who make our state the best in the nation". "We're excited to find a second home".

"I would be suspicious of any claim that one new Amazon job creates a rippled effect of one indirect job", said Greg LeRoy, executive director of watchdog Good Jobs First.

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