Amazon scouting for city to build mammoth second headquarters

They're expecting to eventually have up to 50,000 employees at this second site - which would build to to up to 8 million square feet -with annual compensation averaging over $100,000 through the next 10 or 15 years. Now the world's largest online retailer plans to open a second North American campus - dubbed HQ2 - that Amazon says could be just as big as the existing one. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of more than $100,000 United States a year.

Seattle-based Amazon is launching a search for a second headquarters site, promising to invest more than $5 billion and create as many as 50,000 "high-paying jobs".

"Also, we've worked with Amazon in the past when they opened their distribution center and they know that we can be a good partner".

There are about 80 metropolitan areas in the U.S. with populations of more than one million people, according to U.S. Census estimates, and several more elsewhere in North America.

Cities and states are being advised by Amazon.com Inc.to visit http://www.amazon.com/amazonHQ2 for more information.

"Certainly we're not going to get into a bidding war with another city with something like this, but we'll look and see if amazon's interested", Walsh said.

Mazurak noted that earlier this year, Amazon said it would invest almost $1.5 billion to make northern Kentucky its Prime Air shipping hub.

The company is asking for requests for proposals from cities to be submitted by October 19.

Amazon laid out a list of what it is looking for in choosing a location. And it recently paid close to $14 billion to buy organic grocer Whole Foods and its more than 465 stores.

On Wednesday, the company confirmed the opening of its first major warehouse in New York City. "I don't think finding affordable land will be a challenge". It's always been the company's practice to work with local governments to come up with a set of deal that's appealing to both parties, and location matters to Amazon since it wants to get orders to customers as quickly as possible. Other companies, like Boeing, have also looked beyond Seattle amid rising costs over the past two decades.

The e-commerce company, which is headquartered in Seattle, said it was seeking proposals from local and state government leaders and would select the location next year.

  • Jack Mann