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Amazon Wants to Build a Massive New North American Headquarters

Amazon's three glass "biosphere domes" under construction in Seattle in February, 2017.

Amazon's three glass "biosphere domes" under construction in Seattle in February, 2017. SEASTOCK


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The company is asking for local governments to submit proposals for hosting the site, which it says will be on par with its existing Seattle campus.

Amazon said Thursday it is seeking proposals from cities and regional development organizations who want to host the company’s newly planned $5 billion North American headquarters, where as many as 50,000 people might be employed.

The company said the second headquarters will be “a full equal” to its current Seattle campus, which has been one of the driving forces in the real estate and tech sector boom that has unfolded in that city.

Amazon has dubbed the project Amazon HQ2.

“Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, said in a statement.

“We’re excited to find a second home," he added.

The company described some of its preferences for the new site in an announcement Thursday.

It’s eyeing metropolitan areas with more than one million people, “stable and business-friendly” environments, urban or suburban locations that can attract and retain tech talent, and communities that can “think big and creatively” about locations and real estate options.

In Seattle, Amazon has 33 buildings, over 40,000 employees and $3.7 billion in capital investments. Last month, the company closed a $13.7 billion deal to acquire the grocer Whole Foods Market.

Bill Lucia is a Senior Reporter for Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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