Every city in North America wants to be the home of the new Amazon headquarters — but which cities realistically have a shot at the $5 billion prize?
Amazon announced plans to build what is calling HQ2 — promising jobs for as many 50,000 people on a campus similar to its current headquarters in Seattle. Those new workers would earn an average of over $100,000 a year.
MarketWatch set out to find the cities that fit the requirements — and one city from Connecticut made the grade as a top candidate: Bridgeport.
Here are the criteria from Amazon;
- Metropolitan areas with more than 1 million people. (The greater Bridgeport area has a population of 944,000, but MarketWatch said that was close enough.)
- A stable and business-friendly environment.
- Urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent.
- Communities that think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options. (That probably means tax breaks, MarketWatch said.)
Using that criteria, MarketWatch settled on a list of its top candidates: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Bridgeport, Denver, New York, Provo, Raleigh, Tampa and Washington, D.C.
And there's one other city in Connecticut that wants to be in the mix — Hartford. Mayor Luke Bronin has issued statement that he plans to make a pitch to Amazon, according to NBC Connecticut.
"We want to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit," Amazon said on its search website .
Amazon's headquarters in Seattle includes 8.1 million square feet of space in 33 buildings with 24 restaurants. Over 40,000 employees work there.
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