Date
24 November 2017
Chicago is one of the US cities competing to house Amazon's second headquarters. Photo: Reuters
Chicago is one of the US cities competing to house Amazon's second headquarters. Photo: Reuters

Amazon receives 238 proposals for second headquarters

Amazon.com said on Monday that it has received 238 proposals from cities and regions across North America after the company invited bids to host its planned second headquarters.

The e-commerce giant revealed that 54 states, provinces, districts and territories in the United States, Canada and Mexico were represented in the bids, after a deadline for submissions closed last Thursday, Reuters reports.

Bidding has been fierce as the world’s largest online retailer said it would invest more than US$5 billion on the new facility, dubbed “Amazon HQ2”, which would create up to 50,000 jobs.

Amazon did not disclose the range of incentives it was offered in the proposals, but it is believed to have drawn a wide an array of bids with carrots such as tax breaks and cheap land. 

New Jersey, for instance, has announced earlier that it will offer US$7 billion in potential credits against state and city taxes if Amazon locates in Newark and sticks to hiring commitments.

In other case, the mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Stonecrest said his city would use 345 acres of industrial land to create a new city called Amazon. 

Amazon is expected to make a decision next year on the location of its second headquarters, which will complement its current Seattle facility.

Regions and cities in 43 US states from Maine to Alaska, as well as Washington, D.C., submitted bids by the Oct. 19 deadline, Amazon said on Monday.

Canadian bids came from the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. Mexican bids emanated from the states of Chihuahua, Hidalgo and Queretaro.

Other bidders included Puerto Rico, which is struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria and is in the process of restructuring its sagging finances in court.

Details of the bids, including tax breaks and other incentives being offered to entice the internet retailer, were scarce as some bidders cited competitive reasons or nondisclosure policies.

Amazon said last month that it was limiting its search to metropolitan areas of at least 1 million people and that it was looking for a wide range of incentives, including tax credits.

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