Amazon to Add Second Headquarters with up to 50,000 Jobs

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  1. Megalith

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    Amazon is currently soliciting bids for a second HQ that will provide thousands of new jobs and cost about $5 billion to build and operate: the company is prioritizing metropolitan areas with more than one million people and is encouraging interested communities to think "big" and "creatively" about possible locations. “HQ2” will be a complete headquarters and not a satellite office.

    Employees currently working in HQ1 can choose to continue working there, or they could have an opportunity to move if they would prefer to be located in HQ2, it said. "We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters," Bezos said. "Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We’re excited to find a second home." Amazon estimated that its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy.
     
  2. Lenard

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    They should build it in Detroit. The only reason not to is racism.
     
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    Lol
     
  4. Smashing Young Man

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    There are only ten cities in the US with a population over one million, so it isn't exactly going to be a massive royal rumble to determine the winner.
     
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    You are only counting single cities. There are quite a few places in the US that are very close to each other and have combined populations (over 53 metro areas alone in the US) well over one million people. I mean just take Maryland for example. You have DC and Baltimore that make up more than one million, and that is not even including the immediate suburbs and cities around them that have large populations as well. And those cities are only about 30-40 minutes apart. In fact, the entire DC metro area including MD and VA suburbs is over 6 million.
     
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    Pretty sure it won't be my home state of CT. Businesses are busy trying to leave this state for the reasons Amazon is doing is doing their research.
     
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    Seems like a logical move for them. The very high housing costs in the Seattle area probably affecting the ability to hire new people. And they're probably thinking about continuity in the event the great Northwest earthquake happens. My guess would be somewhere in the flyover... Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati.
     
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    I could see them considering Charlotte, NC. Taxes are low, incentives to bring business here are high, the area is expanding quickly, land is relatively cheap.
     
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    " encouraging interested communities to think "big" and "creatively" ", corporate speak for opening bids start at $400,000,000. Additional tax incentives, infrastructure improvements and land donations will improve your bid.
     
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    Or the Dallas-Fort Worth area! Plano(suburb of Dallas) just got State Farm and Toyota HQs built within last 1-3 years. I'm sure Frisco or Plano suburbs would compete against one another to win this type of deal and willing to take no taxes for a million years to get them to build there.
     
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    And Drumpf will try to take all the credit.
     
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    Just like every other political figure that ever held a office takes the credit for the good stuff and passes the blame on a previous administration when something is fucked up.
     
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    Keep in mind this is a headquarters, admin and R&D facility they're talking about, it's not a distribution center, so centralized locations mean nothing. They need someplace with a good infrastructure, room to build, convenient flights, favorable business climate, tax breaks, and an area they can attract current and future employees to relocate to, with a strong, well-educated local potential employee pool as well.

    Based on that criteria, if you count metro areas rather than a city proper, Florida has a good shot with Orlando, J'ville, Tampa and Miami, and of course nicer winter weather than some of the other candidate areas. The state is also on the "business-friendly" side for the most part, and no state income tax on individuals could make it attractive for employees. All the big Florida cities have property around or in them for a large HQ, and all have solid airline schedules/carriers, and Florida has never had a problem attracting people to relocate there.

    In the battle for Florida, the Tampa Bay area would be ideal, Orlando and Jacksonville duking it out for second and third, and Miami a distant fourth.
     
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    That place is booming. I can't imagine traffic if this were to happen. I like you immediately thought of this too. Tons of companies are coming here or are already here. I'm in Denton currently.
     
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    He used "Drumpf" signalling his politics and his social position. It is very illuminating.

    The President of the United States will take credit for all positive economic activity that occurs. The President of the united State will try to lay blame of all negative economic activity on his political opponents. <- I should make millions of dollars as a political analyst. You can't get wisdom like this from anywhere.
     
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    You simply nailed it right there. It pretty much all comes down to that for all presidents or other politicians.
     
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    no doubt a big fan of that little english worm john oliver. who if i am not mistaken is lucky to be here on a visa at the moment.
     
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    My country, Iceland, has 330K people in the entire country.

    They should build it here in Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake)
     
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    It's messed up how Michigan's largest city barely has any jobs, malls or supermarkets and you often have to travel way out for employment. I really don't want to travel 40-70 miles out of the city just for work.
     
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    I'm in the N. Grand Prairie area just a few miles south of the DFW airport... I'd love to see them bring the facility to DFW
     
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    Another vote for DFW, not that our votes count- but really, this is the place to be to get work done.
     
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    First city willing to rename itself Bezosople, Capitol of the Eastern Amazon Empire™
     
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    I have worked in several large cities in the U.S. My vote would be in the DFW area also - prolly between Denton and Dallas. That would place it close to the DFW airport. Loads of good infrastructure all around that area. Amazon is looking to hire about 50K people, so that would fit nicely there.
     
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    Go cry yourself to sleep listening to Hillary's campaign speeches.

    I say move to Las Vegas.
     
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    St Paul/Minneapolis metro area. Have Minneapolis International Airport plus they already have a distribution center in Shakopee.
     
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    I just had a BRILLIANT IDEA. BRILLIANT I TELL YOU!!!! Amazon should move this HQ down to Coppell right around the corner from Hard 8 BBQ. Heck they already have a Warehouse there why not?!??!?!?! Dangit, now i'm hungry.
     
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    I heard it was going to the Phoenix metro area. They could not of picked a better place!
     
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    It should be on the Southeast Coast... Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia... all good places to place a HQ with plenty of cheap land and cheap labor.
     
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    The Mayor of my City, Edmonton AB indicated they will be bidding on this. Then I read this quote in the local news story:

    [He said if the company expects massive tax concessions and shopping “bargain basement,” then it will have to look elsewhere.]

    Amazon is probably going to look elsewhere.
     
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    Seems like Utah is pretty popular with tech companies these days...maybe there?
     
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    The bidding war is going to be fierce. Amazon will probably get free land, no taxes, etc, etc. I know Maryland is bidding on this as well.