Cities court Amazon as it hunts for site to house 2nd headquarters

HQ2 will be a major economic boon for the city that successfully woos Amazon.
HQ2 will be a major economic boon for the city that successfully woos Amazon.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEATTLE (Bloomberg) - Amazon is looking for a North American city to build a massive second headquarters.

Dubbed HQ2,  the site will take up to two decades to develop and employ 50,000 people.

Whatever city gets chosen will be transformed by Amazon, which has already changed the character of its native Seattle, setting in motion a building boom and rising rents.

HQ2 will be a major economic boon for the city that successfully woos Amazon.

Here are some options.

Atlanta: Major flight hub and home of UPS, giving Amazon's ever-growing shipping division a solid pool of expertise and a centralised North American location.

Chicago: Heavy concentration of operations, marketing, finance and sales employees to poach from other industries.

Toronto: Already home to 800 Amazon employees and features a large pool of high-quality computer science and engineering graduates.

Pittsburgh: Home to top AI and robotics university Carnegie Mellon. Has industrial manufacturing background useful for Amazon's warehousing operations.

Brooklyn: Locating in New York would give Amazon access to the world's top pool of finance and media talent, proximity to fashion as well as a growing tech scene.

Austin: Close to the distribution and business hub of Dallas. Home to Whole Foods, which Amazon recently acquired.

Los Angeles: Already home to Amazon's quickly-growing video business.