Amazon eye­ing New York City base

Irish Examiner - - Business -

New York City is of­fi­cially throw­ing its hat in the ring to lure Amazon’s pro­posed sec­ond head­quar­ters, hop­ing a large di­verse work­force, ex­ten­sive uni­ver­sity sys­tem, big-city liv­ing, and status as an epi­cen­tre of in­dus­try will over­come its ma­jor draw­back as one of the coun­try’s most ex­pen­sive hous­ing mar­kets. The city is high­light­ing the ex­am­ple of Google, which has 5,000 em­ploy­ees in Man­hat­tan, as a prime ex­am­ple of how West Coast tech can thrive in the Big Ap­ple. An­other ma­jor sell­ing point is that New York of­fers ac­cess to var­i­ous in­dus­tries Amazon is en­ter­ing, in­clud­ing ad­ver­tis­ing, me­dia, fashion, food, and fi­nance, said Ali­cia Glen, the city’s deputy mayor for hous­ing and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. “For a com­pany like Amazon that wants to be in all of these dif­fer­ent sec­tors, they have to be think­ing this is a great place to put roots down for the next half cen­tury,” she said. Seat­tle­based Amazon last week so­licited pro­pos­als for the head­quar­ters, a pro­ject that will cost over $5bn, and cre­ate 50,000 jobs over the next 15-17 years. New York has com­pe­ti­tion from big cities such as Bos­ton and Chicago and smaller mar­kets like Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, and Mem­phis. Amazon plans to make a de­ci­sion next year. The com­pany has said its cri­te­ria in­clude a metropoli­tan area of at least 1m peo­ple with an air­port of­fer­ing con­ve­nient flights to Seat­tle and Wash­ing­ton.

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