Amazon starts search for second headquarter location, plans Barcelona R&D hub

Amazon starts search for second headquarter location, plans Barcelona R&D hub

Amazon starts search for second headquarter location, plans Barcelona R&D hub

Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees at the second headquarters over the next 15 years, and they would make an average pay of more than $100,000 a year.

The new HQ will be a "full equal" to the Seattle headquarters, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said. Amazon has yet to confirm a location for its second base, although it said it prefers cities or suburban locations with more than one million people.

Amazon on Thursday announced plans to open a second headquarters in North America.

It said that, including construction, HQ2 would create "tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community". Amazon claims that the city has an economic contribution of $1.40 for every $1 invested into the campus, which amounted to $38 billion from 2010 to 2016 alone. With 50,000 jobs and billions in investment at stake, Fitzgerald said the city, county and state is "certainly willing to put economic development incentives together".

"With two current facilities in Minnesota, including a recent expansion in Shakopee, Amazon has already seen the benefits of Minnesota's well-educated and world-class workforce, who live and work in strong communities with a high quality of life", he said.

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Amazon's campus in the northwest U.S. state of Washington now employs more than 40,000 people scattered across 33 buildings and 750,000 square meters (8.1 million square feet) of office space, according to a company fact sheet.

Amazon is accepting proposals from cities through October 19, and is expected to announce the victor in 2018.

"Clearly, this second headquarters will be welcome wherever the company decides to locate it", he said.

At full-capacity, the site would be expected to be of similar, or even bigger, size to the Seattle operation, which today is a major cornerstone of Seattle's business life, employing 40,000 people, covering 8.1 million square feet with 33 buildings including 24 restaurants. "These areas could easily support an Amazon headquarters and several million square feet of office space, as well as residential and retail".

Amazon's investment plan also gives it new leverage with politicians at a time when President Donald Trump has criticized the company as doing "great damage" to retailers, costing jobs in cities and states. Last month, Amazon held job fairs at 10 US sites to fill more than 50,000 jobs. The company also recently completed its acquisition of upscale grocery chain Whole Foods.

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