Gary Makes Bid For Amazon's Second Headquarters In NYT Ad

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The online retail giant recently announced it is looking to build a second headquarters similar to its Seattle base, which would result in some 50,000 jobs. Like Amazon, I am, once again, both a game changer and a unique opportunity.

Amazon said it is seeking "a metropolitan areas with more than one million people, a stable and business-friendly environment, urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent and communities that think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options". "And land? Jeff, I have all the land you need".

It confirmed last week it is opening a 1-million-square-foot warehouse and hiring 1,000 more people in Shelby Township, an announcement that was met with praise - and criticism. We can strike a mutually beneficial deal that changes the course of my future as well as the families who live here.

"That said, I'll also say, as governor of the entire state of Illinois, St. Louis is also competing, and we have a major population center in Metro East".

"A 45-minute drive to an worldwide airport - which technically we do have - but there are certainly lots of other cities that have global airports that are more global and cover more places". Having been a good corporate resident of the region, Amazon is well aware of the tax benefits of Allentown's Neighborhood Improvement Zone and Bethlehem's City Revitalization and Improvement Zone as well as our abundant water supply and rare natural disasters. With the state billions of dollars in debt, Rauner has criticized the high taxes and regulations in Chicago, while Emanuel has said the governor "doesn't get it".

Preparing for the bid brings sweet talk from Mayor Reed.

In Seattle Tuesday, a bipartisan, city-state delegation plans to study Amazon's current home, which will help the city bid for its new complex.

Rauner says he's involved in the Chicago bid, but also in the Saint Louis effort.

Holcomb said he's called on the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to lead a collaborative effort to bring Amazon to Indiana.

"Indiana has a tremendous opportunity to be seriously considered in this process". It wants its new operation near an worldwide airport with direct flights to Seattle, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C. Use the new jobs to revitalize an area.

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