Last October, online retail giant Amazon decided that they needed more space. Well, actually a lot more space—they were looking to build a second headquarters. Amazon is looking to spend approximately $5 billion to build its second home and employ over 50,000 people. So of course many cities applied with unique incentives to entice Amazon to pick them. But despite trying to woo the online megastore with antics like renaming a city or rebuilding an island, only twenty cities made it to Amazon’s short list:
Los Angeles, California
Montgomery County, Maryland
Newark, New Jersey
New York City, New York
Northern Virginia, Virginia
Raleigh, North Carolina
We’re pretty sure that Amazon picked Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for many reasons, but their promise of free sandwiches for all employees probably didn’t hurt.
If you could make a suggestion for how these finalists could woo Amazon, what would you suggest?
If you’re the leader of a city, you generally want many things for the people who live there. You want them to have great schools, good healthcare, and jobs, right?
Well, when Amazon, the online megastore, announced that they wanted to build another headquarters, a lot of cities scrambled to apply. Why wouldn’t they? The company will create 50,000 jobs for the chosen city and its neighbors. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, asked interested cities to “think big and creatively.”
So cities thought big … and creatively! Tucson, Arizona, gifted a twenty-one-foot cactus to the founder (which he later donated to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum).
The city of Stonecrest, Georgia, was willing to rename itself to … wait for it … Amazon!
A sandwich shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, promised a free sandwich to every employee if Amazon chose the city.
The mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, declared a new Amazon-themed holiday! (We love this one!)
And the people of Puerto Rico, ravaged by the recent hurricane, put together a bid to rebuild their island!
Amazon received 238 proposals and plans to announce the winning city in 2018! Good luck, cities!