Amazon delivering a second North America HQ to rival its Seattle campus

In San Francisco housing and other costs would weigh against expansion by Amazon. The pickings for corporate campuses are slim after growth by the likes of Apple Google and Facebook

Washington, Sep 7 USA online giant Amazon announced plans today for a second North American headquarters, calling on cities to submit proposals for a new hub in which it will invest more than Dollars 5 billion.

For Amazon HQ2, the company plans to invest $5 billion in construction and expects it to house about 50,000 high-paying jobs. Amazon estimates that between 2010 through 2016, its expansions in Seattle have brought $38 billion to the city's economy, or for each $1 that Amazon invested, the city of Seattle generated $1.40.

Amazon will hire thousands of new workers, but also said that people working at its Seattle headquarters will have the option of seeking a spot at the new site. Not to mention the tens of billions of indirect investment to come from so many new jobs and a massive real estate development.

With plans to make the new complex a complete headquarters, Amazon said employees that now work at the Seattle facility will have opportunities to stay or transfer.

Expanding on its brick-and-mortar presence, Amazon has eight bookstores across the US, with the most recent openings in New York, Lynnfield, Mass., and Paramus, N.J., and New York with five more expected to open soon.

"Based on what downtown has now become as a major urban environment compared to what we were when Boeing was looking, there is no reason that we would not be at the top of Amazon's list as a headquarters location", Crawford said.

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The deadline to submit a proposal is October 19. "And local and state government leaders interested in learning more about how they can bring Amazon to their community can visit www.amazon.com/amazonHQ2".

Amazon was founded in Seattle and is still based there. Rosslyn recently scored Nestle's US headquarters and Ballston has been active in trying to attract tech companies and fill soon-to-be-vacated office space.

"Amazon is opening the Amazon HQ2 Request for Proposal ('RFP') now", the company wrote in an official statement.

Back in June, the e-retailer spent $13.7 billion to acquire Whole Foods, which has 450 stores across the USA and will begin setting up Amazon Lockers in some locations where customers can pick up online orders.

Amazon said it's looking for a metropolitan area with more than 1 million residents; the Providence metropolitan area is home to about 1.6 million people.

While an investment of this scale says a lot about Amazon's ambitions - though, honestly, who wasn't aware of Amazon's ambitions? - it's also going to create a lot of jobs.

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