Alexa: “build us Amazon’s second headquarters.”
Amazon has made national headlines over the past couple of months, as their announcement of a second headquarters location has had cities scrambling to put bids together before the October 19th deadline in an effort to bring the company’s promised 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment to their cities. Following the deadline, Geekwire reported that a staggering 238 cities had thrown their hats in the ring with proposals made by “54 states, provinces, districts, and territories across North America.” The numbers were much higher than predicted, which demonstrates “the intense interest in landing Amazon’s $5 billion second headquarters campus.”
Just seven states opted to stay out of the race, as many came up with creative ways to show their enthusiasm. “New York City lit up in ‘Amazon orange,’ Birmingham, Ala. placed three giant Amazon delivery boxes around down, and Stonecrest, Ga. pledged to create the ‘City of Amazon,’” Geekwire reports. Seattle and Tacoma even added their names to the list.
We’ll have to wait some time before we learn more about the new location, as Amazon says they’ll take their time reviewing applications. They’re set to announce the location sometime in 2018, with construction slated for 2019. But we do know a little more about their criterion, as they said they’re “looking for a metro area with more than 1 million people, quality transit options, and incentives from local governments.” They’ve also asked “communities to ‘think big and creatively’ in their proposals,” which just may prove to be the edge one city needs to woo the tech titan their direction.