Amazon calls on cities, states to submit proposals for second headquarters

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After years of rapid growth at its Seattle home, Amazon.com is looking to build more office space in another North American city.

Amazon officials said they would to invest more than $5 billion in construction and operations for the headquarters, generating up to 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Pittsburgh plans to compete for the new site of AmazonHQ2, a second headquarters location announced by the Seattle-based company early Thursday.

Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday that the new headquarters will be "a full equal" to its Seattle counterpart with as many as 50,000 jobs.

"We would be a flawless fit for Amazon, and besides it would give them a headquarters in two Washingtons - Washington state and Washington, D.C.", Dinegar said.

Thus, by announcing a new headquarters, Amazon could be making a statement that Apple is not the only tech company to give attention to. The online retailer is now soliciting pitches from cities and states for what it calls "Amazon HQ2".

"We are always interested in Birmingham as a home for corporate headquarters", Bell said.

Cities and regional economic development organizations have been invited to submit proposals, and they will likely scramble to offer incentives and tax breaks for Amazon to consider their area.

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The pitch to cities from Amazon is simple: the company will bring highly skilled employment worth billions to the local area.

Amazon estimates that its investments in Seattle from 2010 to 2016 added $38 billion to the city's economy.

"(I) t's clear Amazon and Kentucky already enjoy a significant relationship as Amazon is one of the leading employers in the state's distribution and logistics industry", said Jack Mazurak, spokesman for Gov. Matt Bevin's economic development cabinet.

Amazon laid out a list of what it is looking for in choosing a location. That project got announced on Wednesday, the day before the Amazon HQ2 news.

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.

The company, which now employs 380,000 people, has already announced plans to create 130,000 U.S.jobs through mid-2018 and expand its network of warehouses.

Massachusetts House Speaker Bob DeLeo, who has long touted the state's technology economy, said he looked forward to working with state and local leaders "in pursuing an Amazon headquarters here through a mutually beneficial agreement".

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