Amazon is planning to open another headquarter in North America and cities are going berserk in their bid to woo; after all an entity like Amazon setting up a HQ would change the entire economy of that city!
Amazon plans to call this "HQ2," and the facility will cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate; more importantly, it will employ as many as 50,000 workers. Cities and regional economic development organizations have been invited to submit proposals, due by October 19.
Little wonder then that a town in Georgia said it would de-annex some of its land and name it the city of Amazon. In Tucson and Southern Arizona, economic development group, Sun Corridor, loaded a 21-foot Saguaro cactus onto a truck to deliver to Amazon. Well, Amazon tweeted and said, “Unfortunately we can’t accept gifts (even really cool ones) so we donated it to the Desert Museum.”
Birmingham, Alabama has installed three massive Amazon delivery boxes around the city and plans to add more. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced a committee to bring Amazon's new home to the Windy City - the committee is made up of over 600 business leaders from the financial, tech, arts and culture, civic and education sectors. New Jersey could offer Amazon $5 billion in tax breaks spread out over 20 years. Hundreds of students from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton business school are participating in contests hosted by the school for the best HQ2 proposal. Canadian cities such as Toronto and Vancouver are also planning to bid.
Seattle, the current HQ would be so thankful that Amazon made its first base there. Now lets wait and watch where HQ2 comes!