Prime Real Estate: Amazon Looks For 2nd Headquarters

Toronto Global which is working with the city on a bid for Amazon's second headquarters says it will spend the next month searching for potential sites across the GTA

Mississauga officially has the opportunity to be home to Amazon's second headquarters in North America.

Amazon will stay put in its sprawling Seattle headquarters, and the new space will be "a full equal" with as many as 50,000 jobs, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Premier Brian Pallister and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman are launching a "Team Manitoba" targeted push to woo Amazon into planting roots in Winnipeg.

Amazon announced earlier this week that it planned to establish a second North American office, and many cities have already expressed their interest in the project.

HQ2 will be a major economic boon for the city that successfully woos Amazon, and mayors, including Chicago's Rahm Emanuel and Jim Strickland of Memphis, Tennessee, are already raising their hands.

The company, which now employs a workforce of 380,000, says it added $38 billion U.S. to its home city's economy since setting up in the Pacific Northwest in 2016.

Bowman adds "Winnipeg's geographic position in the centre of the country, history as a multi-modal hub, and advanced technology and manufacturing expertise makes it the flawless location for Amazon".

Candidates must meet specific requirements to be considered. Any potential site must have room to grow, as Amazon wants to expand its new headquarters to as much as eight million square feet in the next decade.

The company also says eligible areas must be near a metropolitan hub with a population of at least one million.

Casey told Bezos that not only does Pennsylvania have incredible academic institutions and a world-renowned workforce, it is home to key interstate commerce thoroughfares, critical supply-chain infrastructure, a stable business-friendly environment, and most importantly an existing relationship and significant Amazon presence.



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