Four Florida Cities Vie For Second Amazon Headquarters

October 24, 2017

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Considering the majority of online shopping originates from Amazon, it is no surprise that the Seattle company’s announcement that they were looking for a headquarters in a second city would grab the attention of urban planners.  Amazon says in all that 238 cities are all making a case for the dubbed "HQ2" project, with offers from 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, three Mexican states and six Canadian provinces.  In the mix are Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami. According to Amazon’s request for proposal, the company is seeking to open its second headquarters in a metropolitan area with more than one million people and a stable and business-friendly environment that can attract top tech talent. It wants communities to think “big and be creative” about real estate options and incentive packages. It is also looking at education systems, cost of living, mass transit, proximity to the airport, cultural opportunities and quality of life, among other factors. Although all of the Florida city proposals look attractive,  Moody’s, the Brookings Institution, Anderson Economics Group and national site selection firms say Miami ranks in the top 10 in with other top listed cities as Denver, Austin, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago. As to why the new second Amazon headquarters is making so many areas droll is simple.  HQ2 is expected to bring up to 50,000 jobs averaging more than $100,000 annually to the winning community. Amazon says they will announce their city selection early next year.

SOURCE: Miami Herald & CNN

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