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Amazon To Locate Second Headquarters In North America

Amazon To Locate Second Headquarters In North America

Speculation has been growing regarding the likely location for "Amazon HQ2", the online giant's second company headquarters in North America.

The execs reportedly like that Boston is near prestigious schools like MIT and Harvard, which would no doubt help to fill its ranks with highly educated alums with different areas of expertise, whether engineering or the arts. Amazon has facilities in Boston. But there has also been speculation that Amazon may consider a city in Canada or Mexico.

The company says it is looking for a city with at least 1 million people along with mass transit and an worldwide airport.

The Boston area already is home to Amazon competitors like the e-commerce home furnishings company Wayfair and content delivery network company Akamai.

Other reported contenders are Minneapolis, San Diego, and Denver. Charlotte fits the bill, although competition with other cities will be fierce. It's home to Carnegie Mellon University, a technology powerhouse with a particular strength in robotics.

Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto tweeted Thursday morning that he was "on it". "If you want to be a 21st-century laboratory for technology, you put out the carpet".

Amazon has said its "HQ2" would resemble its existing headquarters located north of Downtown Seattle that totals 8 million square feet, employs 40,000 workers and has generated an economic impact of $38 billion between 2010-2016 for the city. And the pickings for sprawling corporate campuses are slim after growth by the likes of Apple, Google and Facebook. "Amazon associates are sick and exhausted of living in cities with high rents and congestion". Companies that do business with Amazon also stand to benefit from locating offices nearby.

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