Amazon announced plans to open a second company headquarters in North America and expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.
To choose the ideal location, Amazon does have some pre-requisites, including a metropolitan area with more than one million people, and a "stable and business-friendly environment" that can attract and retain technical talent. It plans to stay in its sprawling Seattle headquarters and the new space will be "a full equal" of its current home, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. The new headquarters will bring along 50,000 high-paying jobs.
Bezos and U.S. President Donald Trump aren't exactly fans of one another, and setting up a second headquarters with all the capabilities of the first just over the Canadian border could give Bezos additional political leverage.
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Amazon's Seattle headquarters is 8.1 million square feet and has 33 buildings.
Amazon estimates that in the last six years alone, it has brought an extra $38bn to Seattle's economy.
In addition to its geographic requirements, Amazon wants its second home to have a robust technology workforce and university system that will produce a steady stream of highly skilled workers, according to the RFP.
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We're asking what Amazon's timeline is for the HQ2.
Proposals are being requested by October 19, and Amazon indicated it would make a decision on the location sometime next year. "I think it would have to be, 'Is Amazon the right fit for Boston and is Boston the right fit for Amazon?'"
The problem is Amazon's advantage of potentially being the only major tech giant in a new city is that many other companies will follow suit after seeing Amazon's success, he continued. The company expects HQ2 to serve as a complete headquarters and not a satellite office. Apple is nearly done with its new spaceship headquarters, and next week, the company is even hosting an event in its new Steve Jobs Theater, where it will likely showcase its much-anticipated tenth anniversary iPhone.
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Amazon is also looking for tax incentive proposals.