There are 238 proposals from cities, including St. Louis and Kansas City, that are in the competition to be the site for a second Amazon headquarters. Cities in the mix are from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Amazon said its second headquarters will employ 50,000 people and the construction cost would be $5 billion. A prospect like that doesn’t come around very often, if ever.
Amazon.com Inc. is looking for incentives and wants to be in a metro area of at least a million people. It also wants to be in a location where it can attract top technical talent; will be within 45 minutes of an international airport; will have access to mass transit; and the site must be large enough for expansion to 8 million square feet in the next decade.
Wherever the winning site is, it’s going to change that area in many ways. There are caution signs out.
Undoubtedly, some of the cities in their proposals will offer many incentives — some will go overboard. It’s the prospect of a lifetime!