Ottawa strikes task force in bid to woo Amazon

11 September, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • Amazon to add as many as 50000 jobs, searches for second headquarters

The project's investment is expected to exceed $5 billion and create up to 50,000 jobs over the initial 15-17 years with an average salary of $100,000 annually.

Amazon said it will be seeking bids from metropolitan areas with more than one million people-of which there are about 50 in the US-and which offer a "stable and business-friendly environment".

The company estimates it added $38 billion to Seattle's economy between 2010 and 2016. Based on the company's wishlist of urban amenities it wants in its new headquarters, it sounds like Amazon is trying to avoid those same growing pains this time around.

"An urban or downtown campus". The housing market there has become so expensive that even wealthy foreign buyers are getting priced out. A legacy of inadequate investment in public transportation makes commuting from more affordable communities to the North and South a life-sapping proposition.

Dallas: "We will aggressively demonstrate that Dallas and our surrounding area would be the ideal spot for their expansive business needs", Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement to CNN Tech.

Amazon has started a bidding war, but the list of requirements for the newest headquarters is extensive.

A spokesperson for the city of Chicago wouldn't comment on whether it will submit a proposal, but gave the following statement: "Chicago's unmatched workforce, world-class universities and unparalleled access to destinations throughout the world make it the ideal headquarters location for companies large and small".

However, with U.S. President Donald Trump's America First stance, there may be political pressure for Amazon to establish its second headquarters within its own borders, she said.

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The new project of Amazon is not a warehouse of the future, a connected home or an electronic device.

"I think Denver and Amazon can be a match made in heaven", Ament said. "Look forward to submitting a proposal!"

He pointed out that Jersey City, for example, would fit all of the criteria that Amazon is seeking in its RFP, and that it already employs almost 2,000 people in its fulfilment center in Robinson. "We've already successfully worked together, we can and we will do it again!"

In a statement, Hardy, who leads the state agency charged with economic development, indicated deals could be done to woo Amazon. The mayor of Duluth, Minn., went for a Google-inspired polar bear swim.

Pundits from around the country were quick to jump on Amazon's plan for a second headquarters outside Seattle with interpretations or suggestions. But based on the requirements the company released when asking for proposals, Denver could be the ideal match for the headquarters too.

Carney and other DE officials say the state meets all of Amazon's specific requirements: It is close to an worldwide airport, is accessible by mass transit and a population of nearly one million people. Just look at Detroit's reddit page this afternoon and you can see just how excited people are at the idea of this happening. How about putting Amazon in Chicago's Old Post Office?

"I think we have a discussion in Seattle where the left tries to out-left the left and the left", Murray said.

Leaders from cities across the US are vying for a chance to reap in the lucrative bid, and Tulsa has already proclaimed interest to bid for Amazon's new headquarters.


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