Is Michigan a good fit for Amazon's second $5 billion headquarters?

Amazon is also building a new office complex in Seattle complete with biosphere domes

Other companies, like Boeing, have also looked beyond Seattle amid rising costs over the past two decades.

"The company is changing radically and it depends so heavily on disruptive thinking". The city said it is evaluating the opportunity carefully.

The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, quickly expressed interest.

Amazon has fulfillment center in Southeast Baltimore.

Toronto's mayor John Tory called the Canadian city a "prime candidate".

"We will be doing everything possible to make sure we put our best foot forward in making these benefits known to Amazon". Pittsburgh also plans to compete.

John Crawford with Downtown Dallas Inc. said that the central business district will be a stronger competitor this time for Amazon's office. The Wisconsin Foxconn factory will be in the home district of Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

City officials may very well battle for Amazon's business.

It would be a much bigger hurdle for any part of Kentucky to show it has the workforce and urban amenities to absorb such a big chunk of Amazon's white-collar operations. Texas leads the way with the value of subsidies to Amazon, followed by Illinois, Kentucky, and OH, it said.

Amazon pointed to its expansion in Seattle as a sign of what it could do.

The Globe suggested several locations that could be a good fit for Amazon, including NorthPoint on the Cambridge-Boston-Somerville line, Kendall Square, the Seaport, Winthrop Square, Government Center, Suffolk Downs and Reebok's soon-to-be-vacated Canton campus. Synovus holds a "large" position in Amazon, he added.

Amazon's shares were up 1 percent at $978 on Thursday. In 2001 Boeing made a decision to move its headquarters out of Seattle for Chicago, after it was promised a series of tax breaks and incentives worth as much as $US60 million - for just 500 employees. The company will announce its choice next year.

Back in June, the e-retailer spent $13.7 billion to acquire Whole Foods, which has 450 stores across the USA and will begin setting up Amazon Lockers in some locations where customers can pick up online orders.

Amazon said staff at the new office could earn average annual compensation exceeding $US100,000.

"If you represent a city or regional economic development organization in North America and want to submit your proposal to host Amazon's second headquarters in North America, email our team at amazonhq2@amazon.com to get started".

"Most of all, we have the talent here for Amazon-50% of our population has bachelor degrees and the great universities around us are pumping out 10,000 new grads a year".

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