So Amazon is saying this new location could create as many as 50,000 new, well-paying jobs and more than $5 billion in capital investment just in the first 15, 17 years.
Amazon is looking to build a second headquarters site in North America, and is accepting proposals from potential state and local government hosts. We are a bold, innovative city that has plenty of homegrown tech talent. That doesn't even account for the billions that the company could bring in revenue to a city-according to its own estimates, "every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional $1.40 for the city's economy overall".
The odds may be long, but officials from a large business park in Jeffersonville plan to submit a proposal to land Amazon's second North American headquarters.
The top factor in the company's pursuit of a second headquarters location will be the local workforce, including specific skills, loyalty, education and availability, site-selection experts said. Whether Amazon would consider a city as close to Seattle as Vancouver is an open question.
It should be noted that Amazon is already familiar with Western New York, since it's opening a "sortation center" in Lancaster with hundreds of jobs. Amazon is instructing bidders to mark their proposals as "confidential" when turning them in by October 19.
"As this is a competitive Project, Amazon welcomes the opportunity to engage with you in the creation of an incentive package, real estate opportunities, and cost structure to encourage the company's location of the Project in your state/province", the company's proposal says. This opportunity, potentially worth four-to-five times as many jobs, will likely be bigger. Its plan is for a site of up to 8 million square feet over the next 15 years or so, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.
"We've already contacted Amazon to express our interest and have proceeded to their prescribed next step", Rawlings said.
"We will aggressively demonstrate that Dallas and our surrounding area would be the ideal spot for [its] expansive business needs", Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement to CNN Tech. "That includes, regrettably, our nation's immigration laws that are preventing Amazon from getting some of the most talented people in the world into this country to work for them", said Murray.
"This is going to be entirely dependent upon talent", said Thomas Stringer, a site-selection manager at professional services firm BDO who does not represent Amazon.
The municipal casting call is reminiscent of Google's 2010 search for cities in which to roll out its high-speed fiber-optic cable, Google Fiber. Her North Natomas district is home to the former Sleep Train Arena site, a 200-acre plot of land now sitting vacant.