With Amazon’s September announcement that is will be building another Seattle-sized headquarters, cities put their best and most creative brainpower into telling Amazon why they should choose their city.
What’s in it for the chosen finalist? A campus the size of it’s current Seattle headquarters, $5 billion in construction spend, and 50,000 plus high-paying jobs.
Numerous cities have been named as stand out candidates including New York City, Denver, Austin, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., Detroit, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and Baltimore. The site of the new headquarters will undoubtedly need to have quality higher education, functional infrastructure, and significant government backing.
Finalists are announced in December with the winning location to be announced in 2018. We are all excited to see which city gets economic boost from the Amazon powerhouse.
Read more about thoughts on the expansion by some of NAIOP’s Distinguished Fellows: