Portland Area Makes Its Pitch To Land Amazon's Second Headquarters

Portland Area Makes Its Pitch To Land Amazon's Second Headquarters

If senior executives at Amazon's Seattle headquarters had never heard of Bradford, Innisfil or West Gwillimbury before, the little Ontario towns have put themselves on the radar screen with a surprise joint bid to become home to the online retailer's second global headquarters.

"This is an unparalleled opportunity for the entire innovation corridor".

"As Canada's food university, the University of Guelph is an global research powerhouse in agri-food, making us a strong partner for Amazon and its Whole Foods division".

The company promised 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in infrastructure investment.

"What we can score high on our willingness to provide them with the land that they need", says Dr. Gnuschke.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a letter yesterday to Amazon's CEO selling the virtues of investing in Canada, to help all Canadian cities with their bids. "We are excited at the opportunity to tell our story in this highly competitive situation", said Mayor Jackson. The mayor tweeted "WE WANT AMAZON".

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Some cities refuse to give in. Thursday is deadline day for applications from Memphis and more than 50 other cities.

Memphis is among the dozens of bidding cities.

But Saxton said there is some risk to a bid not being public enough. "The Lake County Council encourages Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Northwest Indiana".

"What is their assessment at Amazon as to whether that is going to be a huge factor that will hurt them because steps will be taken by the administration to punish them for even thinking about this", said Tory. The company's Seattle offices have sprawled into 33 buildings in the downtown core, and it is seeking a second headquarters location where it can eventually build 8 million square feet of space.

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. It would be close to a new Google Sidewalk Labs mixed-use neighbourhood planned for the east side of Toronto, known as Quayside. Charles County's proposal outlines the site's unique position to attract and retain talent, foster a sense of place, and promote the county's culture and creativity-offering the best competitive cost/land based option in southern Maryland.

Amazon is expected to make the announcement sometime next year.

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