USA web giant Amazon announced plans on Thursday to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America that will accommodate up to 50,000 employees and cost $5 billion to build and operate. The company stated it is seeking a location with "a stable and business-friendly environment" where there's good "potential to attract and retain strong technical talent".
Amazon, bursting out of its Seattle headquarters, is hunting for a second home.
The Seattle campus is spread across 33 buildings and employs more than 40,000 people.
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A spokesperson for the city of Chicago wouldn't comment on whether it will submit a proposal, but gave the following statement: "Chicago's unmatched workforce, world-class universities and unparalleled access to destinations throughout the world make it the ideal headquarters location for companies large and small".
"Certainly we're not going to get into a bidding war with another city with something like this, but we'll look and see if amazon's interested", Walsh said.
Duffy says he wrote a letter to Bezos in January offering this region for possible expansion, and hearing just now of the need for another Amazon headquarters, he has sent Bezos a second letter making the case for Rochester as a location. The new project will not be a satellite office.
Company founder Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post newspaper and the private space exploration firm Blue Origin, briefly overtook Bill Gates as the world's richest individual earlier this year due to a surge in Amazon's share price. These secondary items include things like an urban or downtown campus, similar layout to the Seattle campus, and a development-prepped site.
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Packages move down a conveyor belt at Amazon's fulfillment center in Baltimore.
Economic incentives and tax breaks from the county and the state will also undoubtedly be involved - Amazon has stated that will be a determining factor.
Bids are due October 19 and the company said it expects to choose a site sometime next year.
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