Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Stonecrest announces bid for next Amazon headquarters

Stonecrest announces bid for next Amazon headquarters

Stonecrest, Georgia wants that headquarters (along with the promised 50,000 "high-paying jobs") so badly that it's prepared to rename a part of its city "Amazon, Georgia" if chosen, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The mall-disruptor and cloud colossus revealed its plans for a new headquarters earlier this month, dubbing it "HQ2" and calling for bids from locales with a million people, a big slab of land, easy access to airports and a willingness to offer it a tax holiday.

1 among the 35 cities it says meet Amazon's requirements, citing its extensive transportation system, and qualified labor pool, customers and supply chain. The area is home to a nature reserve, mall, several schools and a national heritage site, but little else at present - which may cater to Amazon's wishes and a possibility to expand as necessary without incurring the high real estate costs of land in areas such as NY.

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According to media reports, Amazon will invest Dollars 5 billion in HQ2, which would create 50,000 jobs.

On Monday, October 2, the Stonecrest City Council voted 4-2 on de-annexing 345 acres of land from their open land area and giving it all to Amazon (they need only 8 million square feet).

"There are several major USA cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company", Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The proposal is the most unique incentive ever offered a company to relocate its headquarters by a local government, said Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary.

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The newly-incorporated city of Stonecrest will ask the DeKalb County legislative delegation in 2018 to create the new city within a portion of its own city limits.

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