ST. LOUIS, MO/September 11, 2017 (STLRealEstate.News) Amazon.com made a huge announcement this week when they confirmed that they want a second North American headquarters, following their original location in Seattle. Interested in moving away from the American West Coast, Amazon.com is looking for cities to make bids regarding their new establishment that will carry 50,000 jobs with it. Among those feverishly battling for the new facility includes St. Louis today.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and other elected officials echoed one another this past week at an economic development summit in which they all agreed winning that kind of proposal would undoubtedly transform the face of St. Louis moving forward. The enthusiasm wasn’t just limited to officials, either. The St. Louis Cardinals tweeted at Amazon this Thursday telling them that they “belong in St. Louis.”
“We will be continuing to work together throughout today and in the weeks ahead to ensure our region is best-positioned to secure this significant economic development opportunity and the resulting benefits for our community,” said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.
Sweeney, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership’s CEO, said that St. Louis will definitely make an “aggressive, out-of-the-box” creative type of proposal that will help them outshine the competition when it comes time to select a winner. Amazon as a tech company has grown by out-of-the-box thinking to equate with their mentality, and to equate with that kind of thought process, Sweeny agreed that St. Louis needs to as well. “The region’s railroads, rivers, and interstates make St. Louis a contender from a logistics perspective,” said Sweeney to the Post-Dispatch. “We have a lot of infrastructure in place they’d be looking for.”
Amazon.com will accept only one bid from each region. The company is encouraging all regional, local, and national bodies to coordinate with one another so only one finalized proposal are up for consideration.