Amazon gets 238 proposals for second headquarters
San Francisco : Commerce and Cloud computing giant Amazon has said it has received 238 proposals from cities and regions vying to host its second headquarters. According to a CNNMoney report, the tech giant said on Monday that the proposals span across 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America.
Amazon announced plans for a second headquarters in September, sending cities into a frenzy. The company expects to invest more than $5 billion to build the facility and will create as many as 50,000 "high-paying" jobs.
Amazon says the new headquarters, dubbed HQ2, will be a "full equal" to its Seattle campus. The company estimates that its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city's economy.
The report said that in order to woo Amazon, cities made elaborate and creative gestures.
While Kansas Mayor Sly James wrote five-star reviews for 1,000 random items on Amazon's website, Tucson sent Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a giant cactus, and New York City lit up landmarks like the Empire State Building in "Amazon orange".