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Albuquerque seeks to become site for new Amazon headquarters

Albuquerque seeks to become site for new Amazon headquarters”

If Manitoba's two most prominent politicians have their way, Winnipeg could be the site of the next North American headquarters for Amazon.

The company is willing to look beyond the U.S. for its new location, explicitly opening up to Canadian cities.

In addition to Amazon's direct hiring and investment, the construction and operation of HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs in construction and related industries, and generate tens of billions in additional investment in the city where the headquarters is located.

"Full equal" is no joke - HQ1 in Seattle is massive.

There are 24 restaurants and cafes within Amazon's Seattle campus alone, where more than 40,000 people are employed. Whatever city gets chosen will be transformed by Amazon, which has already changed the character of its native Seattle, setting in motion a building boom and rising rents.

Amazon claims to be most interested in "urban or suburban" areas with qualities that would help attract and retain tech-savvy workers. Amazon wants to encourage states and communities to think creatively for viable real estate options, while not negatively affecting the company's preferred timeline.

Several GTA Mayors took to Twitter to express their interest and support of bringing Amazon to Canada, more specifically, in or around Toronto. "Make no mistake, Brampton is taking this opportunity very seriously".

Candidates must meet specific requirements to be considered. "With Council's recent endorsement in principle of the $150 million university and innovation centre funding & already being home to 2 Amazon fulfillment centres, Brampton is emerging as an attractive player on the Innovation Super Corridor".

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Winnipeg and Manitoba", Pallister said in a release.

Other potential locales include Salt Lake City, Dallas, Vancouver and even Mexico City, says Kenneth A. Lewis, a partner at architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.



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