Amazon, the international order-fulfillment behemoth, has announced plans for a second headquarters in North America – nicknamed Amazon HQ2 by the company.
Community leaders who can attract that headquarter will be wearing smiles bigger than an Amazon delivery box, and Amazon has one message for American communities: Let the bidding begin.
According to its website, Amazon expects to invest more than $5 billion in construction and grow the second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs – it will be a full equal to our current campus in Seattle.
In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.
Like every other community, Loudoun County would love to be the chosen location. Loudoun County Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer said that is not just misplaced hope.
“We were made aware of this opportunity earlier this week,” Rizer said in a statement posted on LCED’s Facebook page. “Obviously, we have a great working relationship with the team from Seattle and will pursue this opportunity with our full resources.”
Rizer said the county offers many unique selling points for Amazon.
“Loudoun County would be the perfect place for Amazon to locate their East Coast headquarters,” Rizer said. “Our new Metro stops, great access to Washington Dulles International Airport and unmatched workforce checks all the boxes for any major corporate relocation.
Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy. According to the company’s website, the Seattle headquarters contains 33 buildings with 24 restaurants and cafes and eight other service business located on the campus.
The Amazon headquarters employs more than 40,000 people directly and the company estimates more than 53,000 jobs were indirectly generated by its location there.