The Competition to Host Amazon's Second American Headquarters Is On

The Competition to Host Amazon's Second American Headquarters Is On

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.

Amazon announced plans Thursday to invest some $5 billion in a second North American headquarters, in a fresh sign of the phenomenal growth of the diversified USA technology giant.

"We want to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit", Amazon said.

The new facility will be comparable to Amazon's current Seattle headquarters, which contains 8.1 million square feet of space within 33 buildings. In addition to the 40,000 Amazon employees, the campus also has 24 on-site restaurants and cafes.

She tells FOX 2 that, "We are putting together a team to make a competitive bid for Amazon's second headquarters".

The new HQ2 campus could have a similar layout to Amazon's downtown Seattle headquarters, which includes three striking, glass-covered domes still under construction.

"Also, we've worked with Amazon in the past when they opened their distribution center and they know that we can be a good partner".

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They don't know exactly when or where yet, but Amazon does know that it will open a second headquarters in North America. Wherever Amazon's HQ2 ends up, the company insists it will not be a satellite office, but a full-fledged headquarters.

The problem is Amazon's advantage of potentially being the only major tech giant in a new city is that many other companies will follow suit after seeing Amazon's success, he continued.

Earlier this summer, Amazon unveiled a new headquarters in London in the heart of the financial district, a counterpoint to much of the doom and gloom many have felt over the United Kingdom leaving Europe.

Amazon is accepting proposals through October 19.

Having a team split between two cities that may turn out to be on opposite sides of the continent could push the company to adopt new telepresence solutions for meetings.

Seattle-based Amazon started soliciting bids from local and state government on Thursday.

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