Amazon wants to set up a second headquarter outside its existing Seattle base, and it invited bids worth $5 billion in early September. It rolled out an eight-page criteria for potential bidders, and gave them six weeks to submit their proposals. At the end of this time period, Amazon is believed to have received 238 proposals from cities and regions across North America. About 54 states, provinces, districts and territories in the US, Canada and Mexico were represented in the bids, Reuters reported.
Some provinces have even promised Amazon tax breaks in a bid to lure the e-commerce giant into their territory. New Jersey proposed $7 billion in potential credits against state and city taxes if Amazon locates in Newark and sticks to hiring commitments, for instance. Another province like Atlanta proposed to commit 345 acres of industrial land to create a new city called Amazon. The Jeff Bezos-owned company’s current HQ in Seattle is sprawled across 8.1 million square feet. Amazon had earlier stated that its second headquarter or HQ2 would create close to 50,000 jobs. ALSO READ: Amazon opens bids worth $5 billion for second headquarters in America
Incidentally, the US state of Arkansas which houses retail giant Walmart — one of Amazon’s key competitors — submitted no bids. Amazon’s pre-requisites had stated that all employees in the new HQ would be taking up residence in the same city. The company would be considering factors like population (1 million-plus), tech talent pool, real estate costs, and so on of every city/province. “Incentives offered by the state/province and local communities to offset initial capital outlay and ongoing operational costs will be significant factors in the decision-making process,” Amazon’s request for proposal read. ALSO READ: Amazon is the fastest growing marketplace in India: Jeff Bezos
The city that eventually wins the bid stands to benefit immensely from Amazon’s presence. Sample this – Amazon contributed $38 billion between 2010 and 2016 to the local economy of Seattle. “Every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional $1.4 for the city’s economy overall,” its proposal said. Additionally, the Seattle HQ employs over tens of thousands of people that have led to the “abundance of restaurants, services, coffee shops, and open spaces” in the area. Amazon’s contribution was recognized when it was awarded the “City Maker” by the Downtown Seattle Association earlier this year.
Which city will it make next? Amazon is expected to make a decision by 2018.