Louis Joins Fight for Amazon Headquarters

That's right, the company is so large it's looking for a second city to call home, provided that city can meet Amazon's specs for the type of metropolis that meets its needs, specs that upon close examination sound like a really good fit for, well, Seattle. And tech companies have been known to set places in competition with each other: In vying to land Google's ultra-fast broadband network, many cities used stunts and gimmickry to get the company's attention.

Communities that think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options. It says its existing headquarters, in Seattle, takes up 8.1 million square feet of space, employs more than 40,000 people and contributed $38 billion to the city's economy between 2010 and 2016. Mayor Frank Jackson is in the midst of trying to win reelection, with the mayoral primary on Tuesday.

Amazon gets tax breaks when cities compete for its massive warehouses, where it packs and ships orders.

Dayton has announced it's going to bid.

Gov. Rick Snyder said he will be pursuing Amazon's proposal due to Michigan's "wealth of talent" and "vastly improved business climate". It includes everything from how quickly Amazon employees could commute in the morning to the type of culture the company wants in the area. By 2022, the company is expected to occupy 12 million square feet in the city, up from 8 million now.

Tory will have a challenger in Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who said the West Coast metropolis is a top contender for Amazon's next headquarters.

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Within hours of Amazon's RFP announcement, cities, states and provinces all over the continent let it be known that they're ready to reach for the big prize.

"I would be suspicious of any claim that one new Amazon job creates a rippled effect of one indirect job", said Greg LeRoy, executive director of watchdog Good Jobs First.

"It would be absurd for Seattle to simply give up and accept the premise that one of the country's most forward-thinking and dynamic cities is fated to play second-fiddle to Fort Worth in population growth and force its most successful company to seek its fortunes elsewhere", Yglesias wrote.

"In addition to a vastly improved business climate, MI has the abundant, diverse, and talented workforce, the quality of life, and the range of higher education institutions that Amazon is looking for", said Achtenberg.

The company is looking for a location with strong local and regional talent, focused in the areas of software development and related fields.

Oakland County officials would like to see Amazon build its second North American headquarters here. "In fact, next year, we'll add three new direct flights". "That's also why Chicago has led the nation in corporate relocations for the last four years". Amazon expects to invest $5 billion in the construction and operation of Amazon HQ2, where as many as 50,000 people - making an average of more than $100,000 a year - could eventually work.

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But does Arizona realistically have a shot at securing Amazon's HQ2?

"A similar layout to Amazon's Seattle campus".

Austin is no stranger to putting together incentive packages together.

"This move will not be cost driven".

Matthew Yglesias, a writer for the website Vox, made an even more unconventional suggestion: "Seattle should make a pitch to be Amazon's 2nd headquarters".

Benjamin Romano is editor of Xconomy Seattle.

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