Prime real estate: Amazon opens search for 2nd headquarters

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The company is asking for requests for proposals from cities to be submitted by October 19.

"We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters", Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, said in a statement. The new headquarters will bring along 50,000 high-paying jobs.

But Dayton, a Democrat who has supported tax breaks and other incentives to lure economic expansion, says Minnesota would make a good home for Amazon.

For reference, Amazon's Seattle headquarters is comprised of 33 buildings totaling 8.1 million square feet.

The company, which has more than 380,000 employees worldwide, said it would add as many as 50,000 jobs for the new headquarters.

She tells FOX 2 that, "We are putting together a team to make a competitive bid for Amazon's second headquarters". Only last month, it closed on a deal to lease an additional 13,500 square meters of office space there.


Amazon said its search is open to any metropolitan area in North America that meets the parameters - the city itself doesn't necessarily have to be a million people - but declined to say how open it was to going outside of the United States.

Urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent.

Amazon is hunting for a second home outside of its main Seattle headquarters.

It looks like Amazon.com Inc.'s expansion roadmap encompasses more than just new warehouses and cloud data centers.

Amazon is likely looking outside of its native state of Washington because many Silicon Valley companies have since expanded into the state so there is tremendous competition for talented employees, Thomson noted. It's expected to house up to 50,000 employees and cost approximately $5 billion to build and operate. The company expects HQ2 to serve as a complete headquarters and not a satellite office.

Having a team split between two cities that may turn out to be on opposite sides of the continent could push the company to adopt new telepresence solutions for meetings. Amazon doesn't say when it wants to be finished with construction on HQ2, but since it's already accepting proposals, we should see the ball begin rolling soon. "I think it would have to be, 'Is Amazon the right fit for Boston and is Boston the right fit for Amazon?'"

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