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Does Kentucky have a shot at Amazon's second headquarters?

Does Kentucky have a shot at Amazon's second headquarters?

Inc said on Thursday it was searching for a location to build its second headquarters in North America that would cost more than $5 billion and house up to 50,000 staff.

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If Amazon opts for a location in America's bread basket, it would not be the only big company investing outside of Silicon Valley.

Asked if an Amazon headquarters could fit in Boston, Walsh said the city could make it happen.

The company is willing to look beyond the United States for its new location, explicitly opening up to Canadian cities. Amazon expects the new jobs, many of which will be in software development, to have average salaries of more than $100,000. "They've been good corporate citizens and we look forward to future conversations", Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement to CNN Tech. Amazon employs more than 380,000 people worldwide.

Some 40,000 employees work at the current headquarter in Seattle, which includes 33 buildings equating to more than 8 million square feet of space. While Massachusetts probably won't win an incentives war, it can offer great universities and a highly educated workforce that will help Amazon keep growing.

Pittsburgh plans to compete for the new site of AmazonHQ2, a second headquarters location announced by the Seattle-based company early Thursday.

Amazon's announcement is likely to set off a frenzy among state and municipalities eager to recruit the e-commercejuggernaut to their areas by offering the right mix of tax incentives and allowances. From 2010 to 2016, Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle have resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city's economy, with every dollar invested by Amazon generating an additional 1.4 dollars for the city's economy overall.

This vacation headquarters for Amazon is expected to equal (in size and investment) the company's Seattle headquarters-which they're now calling HQ1. The project, for which it is soliciting bids through October 19, would be as complete a headquarters as its Seattle base, which it claims brought 53,000 jobs to the city as well as a almost $26 billion payroll.

"(I) t's clear Amazon and Kentucky already enjoy a significant relationship as Amazon is one of the leading employers in the state's distribution and logistics industry", said Jack Mazurak, spokesman for Gov. Matt Bevin's economic development cabinet.


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