Amazon Sets Bold Plan For Second Headquarters

Biosphere in Seattle

Biosphere in Seattle

The project, for which it is soliciting bids through October 19, would be as complete a headquarters as its Seattle base, which it claims brought 53,000 jobs to the city as well as a almost $26 billion payroll. Amazon now occupies 19 percent of all office space in Seattle, where its presence is more than twice as large as any other company in any other USA city, according to the Seattle Times. Indeed, the company makes a point of announcing every new warehouse that it opens across the US and beyond, creating new jobs and generating more income for the regions where these are built.

Amazon opened the Amazon HQ2 Request for Proposal ("RFP") Thursday.

Amazon announced on Thursday that it is hunting for a site for a new headquarters in North America, in addition to its sprawling Seattle hub.

There are some other desires that Amazon has for the location of HQ2, but the company said they wouldn't make or break a deal.

Amazon said it will spend $5 billion in construction and operation of what it calls Amazon HQ2, and said it could include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Thus, by announcing a new headquarters, Amazon could be making a statement that Apple is not the only tech company to give attention to.

Amazon laid out a list of what it is looking for in choosing a location.

Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city's economy - every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional $1.40 for the city's economy overall. The company recently announced plans to open its first Missouri facility in Hazelwood in two warehouses that will employ 350 part-time workers. "I think it would have to be, 'Is Amazon the right fit for Boston and is Boston the right fit for Amazon?'" The company plans to hire 100,000 people by the middle of next year, adding to its current worldwide staff of more than 380,000.

"Certainly we're not going to get into a bidding war with another city with something like this, but we'll look and see if amazon's interested", Walsh said.

Economic developers around the US got an early wakeup call Thursday for one huge project.

Cities and regional economic development organizations have been invited to submit proposals, and several cities have already expressed interest in the possibility of Amazon's new headquarters coming to their turf.

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