Could 2nd Amazon headquarters make Sacramento home?

Frederick Owens
September 8, 2017

The new headquarters is expected to come with $5 billion worth of investment and will create up to 50,000 jobs, with an average salary north of $100,000.

Amazon's existing headquarters is located in Seattle.

The rapidly growing company is soliciting bids for the project, dubbed Amazon's "HQ2," and said it would prioritize metropolitan areas with more than one million people that are within 45 minutes of an global airport and near a strong university system. Amazon claims that the city has an economic contribution of $1.40 for every $1 invested into the campus, which amounted to $38 billion from 2010 to 2016 alone. While the company has based itself in the heart of Seattle, where employees have access to bars, restaurants and dog-walking services, Amazon said it would consider a suburban location but said a multi-building layout similar to its Seattle home was also possible.

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

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St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger says he is working with Krewson to bring the next Amazon headquarters to the area. It wants a city of more than a million people with an global airport, good education and mass transit.

This new second headquarters will likely be well situated within Amazon's increasingly sophisticated logistics and delivery system, which uses its own growing fleet of cargo planes along with its fulfillment centers. And the ecommerce giant is moving quickly, wanting RFP responses by October 19 with a decision to be announced next year.

Amazon said it will not view HQ2 as a satellite office for the company. Further, even employees working in HQ1 now will be given an opportunity to move to HQ2, notes USA Today. Cities have until next month to apply through a special website, and the company said it will make a final decision next year. The project, for which it is soliciting bids through October 19, would be as complete a headquarters as its Seattle base, which it claims brought 53,000 jobs to the city as well as a almost $26 billion payroll.

Amazon's Seattle headquarters employs 40,000 people in over 8 million square feet just north of the city's downtown area, according to USA Today. The company also recently completed its acquisition of upscale grocery chain Whole Foods.

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