Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Boston and beyond: Local communities compete for Amazon's 2nd headquarters

Boston and beyond: Local communities compete for Amazon's 2nd headquarters

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has officially submitted a proposal to Amazon in an effort to convince the online retailer to build its new headquarters in his town.

The former Concord Naval Weapons Station is cited as one possible site for a new Amazon headquarters in a bid submitted by a coalition of Bay Area cities.

That the County and City collaborated on the proposal signals that multiple sites are being proposed, believed to be as many as nine, that stretch beyond the borders of the city of L.A. The deadline for the proposals was Thursday.

Amazon is looking at a location with "strong local and regional talent", according to its website.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness are leading the charge for central IN to be the home of the new headquarters.

The MEDC is playing a supporting role for two separate MI proposals from Detroit and Grand Rapids, but not taking sides, Guerrant said.

"I think it would be great to see Amazon here", said David Hauschild. "There will be three different packages sent to Amazon for their review".

Gary officials are promoting the city and the surrounding northwestern IN area's proximity to Chicago, access to available land and Indiana's "pro-business environment" with lower taxes than IN IL. Amazon donated it to a museum.

Cities around the nation have been putting together their bids. "We give Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos an opportunity to grow his world-class organization while playing a vital role in the transformation of a community and region", Freeman-Wilson added. The mayor said the city is backing the bid assembled by Gary and the Northwest Indiana Forum as well.

We did reach out to the Mayor's office for comment, but so far haven't heard back. You want us to change our name? "We're very confident about how attractive this is".

"We understand that this is a massive undertaking", said Freeman-Wilson. Not just with all of our No. 1 rankings in the Midwest and being a top state in the country, but all around the world and in the country know that in is a place of stability, of predictability, of certainty.

"What happens when everyone is equal, is people have to figure out a way to differentiate themselves", said Kim Saxton, a marketing professor at the IU Kelley School of Business. "If you think of other young tech hubs in the USA, like Dallas or Boulder, Colorado, where a city might be that much more approachable".

In that analysis, Detroit, along with more than half of the other 60 cities, didn't even make the first cut, eliminated for not providing what Amazon called a "stable business climate for growth". The RFP only states that a decision will be made in 2018.

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