The company said Thursday it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. The shopping giant has revealed that it plans to spend $5 billion on its second headquarters which the company calls HQ2. Amazon has yet to confirm a location for its second base, although it said it prefers cities or suburban locations with more than one million people.
Amazon opened a request for proposal, asking cities around the United States to tell the company why it should set up its new base in their areas. Construction and operation of the second headquarters will likely require the hiring of tens of thousands more employees, which will also yield, according to Amazon, "additional investment in the surrounding community".
Amazon estimated that its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city's economy.
Asked whether Raimondo would try to convince Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his team to choose Rhode Island for the new headquarters, Raimondo spokesman Mike Raia quipped: "Is Tom Brady starting for the Patriots tonight?" "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.
Fitzgerald said local leaders started talking and meeting about luring Amazon to Pittsburgh soon after the news broke.
Amazon said it was seeking proposals by October 19 and would select the location next year.
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.
Incentives from land to fee cuts to relocation packages will be a major part of the decision, Amazon said, and local governments have shown they will go to great lengths to secure jobs and investment. Further, even employees working in HQ1 now will be given an opportunity to move to HQ2, notes USA Today.
RTP's unfolding master plan also aligns well with Amazon's wants.
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger says he is working with Krewson to bring the next Amazon headquarters to the area.