Amazon’s cynical search for a new headquarters
Amazon is branching out. The digital commerce powerhouse is embarking on an enormous expansion, with plans to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America.
Amazon released a detailed explanation of what it’s looking for and how states and cities can submit their bids to be the next Seattle. The list is long and exacting: a population of at least one million, access to airports, good mass transit, encouraging job growth, a well-educated labor force, nearby universities, and available land for the new corporate campus. And of course, if a city wants to throw in land for free or relocation subsidies or tax breaks to sweeten the pot, by all means include those in the bids too.
Communities across the land are already falling over each other to court Amazon’s affections.
“If Amazon wants an East Coast headquarters, I don’t see any city better in America than Boston, Massachusetts,” declared Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. “New York City has the most innovative and diverse tech sector in the nation,” piped up New York City Economic Development Corp spokesperson Anthony Hogrebe. Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, St. Louis, and Miami are are all also throwing their hats into the …read more
Source:: The Week – Business