Amazon states it got 238 propositions for Second head office

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Reed Saxon/ AP This Sept. 6, 2012, file image, reveals the Amazon logo design in Santa Monica, Calif.

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017|10:12 a.m.

NEW YORK– Amazon said Monday that it received 238 proposals from cities and areas in the United States, Canada and Mexico intending to be the home of the company’s 2nd headquarters.

The online retailer kicked off its hunt for a 2nd home in September, assuring to bring 50,000 brand-new jobs and spend more than $5 billion on construction. Propositions were due last week, and Amazon made clear that tax breaks and grants would be a big deciding aspect on where it chooses to land.

Las Vegas is among those contending for the facility.

Amazon Inc. did not list which cities or city areas applied, however stated the proposals came from 43 U.S. states, in addition to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, three Mexican states and six Canadian provinces. In a tweet, the company said it was “thrilled to review each of them.”

Besides trying to find financial rewards, Amazon had specified that it was looking for to be near a city with more than a million individuals; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next years.

Generous tax breaks and other incentives can wear down a city’s tax base. For the winner, it might be worth it, given that an Amazon head office might draw other tech services and their well-read, highly paid workers.

In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie has actually backed Newark’s bid, saying the state and the city are preparing nearly $7 billion in tax breaks. Detroit quote organizers have stated its proposal uses Amazon the special possibility to set up shop in both the U.S. and Canada. Missouri authorities proposed an innovation passage between Kansas City and St. Louis rather than a single place.

The seven U.S. states that Amazon stated did not apply were: Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

Ahead of the deadline, some cities turned to stunts to try and stick out: Representatives from Tucson, Arizona, sent a 21-foot high cactus to Amazon’s Seattle head office; New York lit the Empire State Building orange to match Amazon’s smile logo design.

The company prepares to remain in its sprawling Seattle headquarters, and the second one will be “a full equal” to it, creator and CEO Jeff Bezos said in September. Amazon has stated that it will announce a choice sometime next year.

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