Cities already want to host Amazon's second headquarters

Posted September 08, 2017

Amazon said in a company press release that it is looking specifically to build a second headquarters, or "HQ2", in a metropolitan area with more than a million people, in close proximity to an worldwide airport. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of more than $100,000 a year. The company added that the new headquarters could be a downtown campus with a similar layout to the Seattle campus, an 8.1 million square foot area made up of 33 buildings.

A $5 billion investment, Amazon's office campus would be five times the amount Toyota spent consolidating its new North American headquarters in Plano.

For now, it's anybody's guess where Amazon will plop down its second headquarters.

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Amazon already has plans to open a 1.2-million-square-foot fulfillment center in North East and operates another fulfillment center in Baltimore employing roughly 3,000 full-time workers.

Spokespeople for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's administration and for the state Cabinet for Economic Development issued statements touting general advantages but declined to say what, if anything, they're doing to make a run at Amazon's second headquarters. Amazon recently snatched up Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion.

Urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent. This won't be some kind of satellite office, but rather one that Amazon says will be equal in size and importance to its current headquarters in Seattle.

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The company also said incentives offered by state and local governments will be "significant factors" in the decision.

Any new development by Amazon would have a major impact on the surrounding community.

Inc.is searching for a site for a major corporate office in the USA, a development expected to house as many as 50,000 people and to be equal in size to its current Seattle headquarters. Amazon is also giving executives the option to choose where to base their teams - in HQ2, Seattle, or split between both locations. Despite the quick turnaround, responses to Amazon are due on October 19, Pennington said the state will be ready to pitch Maryland's advantages.

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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.