Retail giant Amazon is looking to setup their second headquarters in North America. Their current headquarters is in Seattle, Washington. The new site will be similar or bigger than its current headquarters, which currently employs 40,000 people, and covers 8.1 million square feet. There are 33 buildings and 24 restaurants on the premises.
In order to set up this second headquarters, Amazon has asked for bids from cities in North America, and Amazon is promising $5 billion in investments and 50,000 jobs over the next decade and half. Of course, the city that wins this bid will have to provide Amazon with liberties over tax breaks and other incentives that can grind down a city’s tax breaks.
“We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We’re excited to find a second home.”
As a first step Amazon is opening the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage. In this stage, the company is inviting local and state government. Lots of cities throughout the country are submitting their bids through conventional method, and some have approached in very interesting ways.
Sun Corridor spokeswoman Laura Shaw said the group achieved its goal: “To be bold and creative in sending a message.”
Tucson, Arizona sent a cactus. Stonecrest, Georgia offered to donate some of its own land and change the name of their city to Amazon. A very good branding opportunity, indeed. Birmingham, Alabama has displayed huge Amazon boxes throughout the area. Similarly, lots of cities across North America have submitted bids to Amazon, hoping to bring this massive project in their city.
Amazon has expanded a lot outside the U.S., earlier this year as well. The company opened a new HQ in London in the core of the financial district.