Detailed Look at Boston's Bid for Amazon's Second Headquarters Released

Portland Area Makes Its Pitch To Land Amazon's Second Headquarters

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola discusses the city's decision to not pursue Amazon's proposed second headquarters at a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. As many as 100 cities were expected to respond to the request for a proposal that would include financial incentives.

The city ran a full-page ad in the Washington Post, telling the e-commerce giant: "It's not you, it's us". Despite the cattle call for bidders, he says it's inconceivable Amazon doesn't already have a short list of preferred locations if it lands the right deal.

Indianapolis is one of more than 50 cities vying for that headquarters which is expected to bring in billions of dollars and more than 50,000 jobs. Little Rock also couldn't meet other requirements cited by the company, including that the location be within 45 minutes of an global airport. For Indianapolis it has been a largely quiet process, but one local expert says that might actually play to the city's advantage. The city is supporting a northwest IN plan led by Gary, but also sent IN a bid of its own.

The release stated that "more than 20 organizations and over 90 individuals from throughout the community" worked on the bid.

Mr. Thomson said he still isn't sure Amazon would put its second headquarters anywhere outside of the US, but said the company may like the comparative ease of attracting and moving foreign employees to Canada compared to the United States. Amazon expects to hire up to 50,000 employees for its new headquarters, and is already struggling to fill all its existing jobs, with 3,000 technology positions now open, Mr. Thomson said. They also want space for up to 8 million square feet for facilities.

The Toronto bid also offers nine large locations in suburban areas surrounding the city, stretching from Ajax in the east to Burlington in the west.

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