Could Memphis Really Land Amazon's Second Headquarters?

Alicia Cross
October 21, 2017

Las Vegas continues to try and attract Amazon in hopes of being home to the online retailer's second USA headquarters. As many as 100 cities were expected to respond to the request for a proposal that would include financial incentives.

"This is a great opportunity for us as a region to continue to tell our story to a global player", said Heather Ennis, president and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum.

The ad said the city didn't meet Amazon's requirement for on-site mass transit, but said residents can easily get to work "on foot, on a bike or just by a quick drive".

Cities across the USA and Canada are clamoring at the prospect of landing Amazon's second headquarters - and with it, investments topping $5 billion. The city didn't meet numerous qualifications Amazon said it needed for the headquarters, including an global airport and on-site mass transit.

"It gives Montreal a very strong case for being a great, fun-to-live-in, not-expensive city", he said. Calgary's bid mentions the large volume of office space already built in the city and empty due to widespread lay-offs.

The company outlined minimum standards that included a metropolitan area with more than one million people and a stable and business-friendly environment that could attract technical talent.

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"If anybody in the Region is chosen, we're all going to benefit from it", McDermott said.

Seventy-three community groups from cities across the USA have signed onto a "wish list" for Amazon in an open letter.

Tatikonda says Indy's universities and experience with supply-chain businesses makes it an excellent fit for Amazon, but he's doubtful IN will land the headquarters.

Toronto's bid proposes several sites in downtown Toronto as possible locations.

Amazon is expected to make its announcement sometime next year.

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