STL Will Put Together ‘Very Competitive’ bid for Amazon HQ

By on September 8, 2017

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  E-commerce giant Amazon.com is scouting North America for a second headquarters with as many as 50,000 jobs, and St. Louis officials said they plan to make a strong bid to be in the running for the $5 billion construction project.

Here’s a link to the RFP and additional information on Amazon.com.

The Seattle-based company announced early Thursday that it was opening up a request for proposals process for a second headquarters in North America. The company plans to keep its Seattle headquarters, and the new space will be “a full equal” with as many as 50,000 jobs, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. The average compensation for each new full-time employee will exceed $100,000.

The announcement immediately set off a scramble among cities and states vying to make the short list. Major cities that announced plans to make bids to chase one of the biggest corporate deals in years include Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

“We’re all abuzz this morning about Amazon’s announcement,” St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development conference, which is being held the Hilton at the Ballpark in downtown St. Louis.

Krewson said local officials are “putting together a team right now to make a very competitive” proposal.

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the economic development agency serving the city and St. Louis County, will submit a single bid in response to Amazon’s RFP, said the partnership’s spokeswoman Katy Jamboretz.

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