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Amazon to add as many as 50000 jobs, searches for second headquarters
Residents are encouraged to call the city's 311 line Friday to share creative ideas and ways to convince Amazon to pick Buffalo as the city to build its second home. There are no sites in the city where 10 million square feet could be built - unless the company strung a campus along the waterfront with 3 million to 5 million square feet of buildings at Hunters Point, 2 million square feet at Pier 70, and another million square feet at Mission Rock, the Giants' planned development across Mission Creek from AT&T Park.
"I would be suspicious of any claim that one new Amazon job creates a rippled effect of one indirect job", said Greg LeRoy, executive director of watchdog Good Jobs First.
TORONTO-Canada's major cities are vying to become Amazon's second home, with the mayors of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal all planning to pitch the technology giant on their virtues.
Amazon, which is among NPR's financial supporters, says it is looking for a metro area of more than 1 million people, a "stable and business-friendly environment", and the potential to "attract and retain strong technical talent". "[Amazon] talked about how they have 5,000 to 6,000 open positions in Seattle right now and they intend to fill those", he said.
"With as many as 50,000 new jobs possible for Minnesota workers and families, I have directed Commissioner Shawntera Hardy and the Department of Employment and Economic Development to work with city, regional, and state partners on a proposal to bring Amazon's new headquarters to Minnesota", Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement Thursday. The process for submitting proposals opened Thursday, Sept. 7, and will close on Thursday, Oct. 19.
For Tulsa, IT and professional services are among the target industries the city is developing, Thorstenberg said.
Amazon however, does not seem to want to do as his colleagues GAFA: it is not certain that the group of Seattle think of the Silicon Valley to settle. "This is Jeff Bezos doing what he does best: adding shareholder value and getting the most bang for the buck".
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Amazon has been awarded 70 state and local subsidies, totaling at least $732.79 million in value since 2000, according to nonprofit Good Jobs First, which advocates for transparency on government subsidies.
Amazon's announcement has prompted some soul-searching about whether Seattle is anti-business. "Amazon's headquarters decision will have an impact on the chosen place - more tax revenue, more economic growth - but at the same time, it will probably mean more congestion and higher housing costs". Topeka even informally renamed itself "Google, Kansas". Governor Jay Inslee's office said he'd be in touch about expansion opportunities in-state. Also dubbed the "Live Music Capital of the World" Austin's culture relies heavily on its robust music and arts community to help "Keep Austin Weird".
The company also said that while HQ2 could be an urban or downtown campus with a layout similar to its Seattle headquarters, it's not considered a requirement.
Dayton said Minnesota would make a good home for Amazon. The next largest is NY with 246,000 workers. Amazon recently snatched up Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion.
That itself may be a factor. Amazon is already building an global air cargo hub across the river at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky worldwide airport.
"It's hard to attract people if they can't afford the housing available locally", she said.
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