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Town of Ramapo wants Amazon's proposed new headquarters

13 September, 2017, 06:56 | Author: Jeff Stephens
  • Amazon To Locate Second Headquarters In North America

Earlier this month, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the Seattle-based company is on the hunt for another USA city to be home to a second Amazon head office.

"Cities hoping to attract Amazon's "HQ2" need look no farther than Seattle to understand what kind of transformation can take place", says Jeff Shulman, an associate professor in the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, in Seattle. Boston has its own train line but is also close to Amtrak for easy access to the rest of the northeast seaboard.

He adds: "A city facing skyrocketing housing prices must decide how much of the city to rezone and transform into denser housing units".

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He said he wants your help to land the major headquarters in the Capital City by thinking of ideas of how the city can be creative to land the project.

The Boston area already is home to Amazon competitors like the e-commerce home furnishings company Wayfair and content delivery network company Akamai.

Aurora, which shares Denver's metro area, will be bidding for the site, according to the city's development council.

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The phase-one build, planned for 2019, would be more than 500,000 square feet with a total requirement of up to 8-million square feet for additional builds beyond 2027. Charlotte fits the bill, although competition with other cities will be fierce. And, in its courtship of ride-hailing service Uber, the city has shown a willingness to try to lean on big tech to spur economic growth.

The center of the high-tech universe runs from San Francisco south to Silicon Valley, and is home to the largest base of software developers in the U.S.

Amazon made the surprise announcement last week that it plans to open a second office in North America, nicknamed HQ2.

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Housing and other costs would weigh against expansion.

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