NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon will be sorting through 238 proposals from cities and regions in the United States, Canada and Mexico that are hoping to land the company's second headquarters and the investment it'll bring.
Various cities, states, and provinces throughout North America are hoping Amazon build their next facility in their area, which has been estimated to bring in 50,000 jobs and construction that looks to spend $5 billion. Amazon has made it known that tax breaks and grants will be a big factor in the final decision of where to start building.
Amazon revealed that proposals came from 43 U.S. states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, as well as three Mexican states and six Canadian provinces. It will take quite some time to review all 238 proposals, but as one of the largest retail companies in the world, that time is likely to be well spent to make the best decision possible.
Qualities wanted by the company included: being near to a metropolitan area with more than a million people, have the ability 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 over the next ten years.
While this may not fit Alaska hardly at all, the thoughts of having Amazon in the largest state in the US is appealing to the state.
Several states are already trying to convince the company to their states. Arizona mailed a 21-foot cactus to the Seattle headquarters, while New York lit the Empire State Building orange to match the Amazon smile logo. States that didn't apply were Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
Alaska does have the landmass, but maybe we should consider sending a gift to keep the state in the minds of those reviewing the proposals.
No matter where the new facility will land, Amazon plans to remain in its sprawling Seattle headquarters. However, they have said that the second headquarters will be a "full equal" to it. The announcement of where the headquarters will be built is expected to happen sometime next year.