Amazon said earlier today that it has received 238 proposals from cities and regions in the United States, Canada and Mexico hoping to be the home of the company’s second headquarters.
The online retailer kicked off its hunt for a second home base in September, promising to bring 50,000 new jobs and spend more than $5 billion on construction. Proposals were due last week, and Amazon made clear that tax breaks and grants would be a big deciding factor on where it chooses to land.
Besides looking for financial incentives, Amazon had stipulated that it was seeking to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.
We know that some pretty big cities in Canada entered a bid last week like Toronto and Edmonton but it was also announced last week that The County Of Simcoe is one of the 238 to make a successful bid!
If successful this could mean 50,000 thousands of jobs coming to our region.
Three sites have been picked to house the facility, including Innisfil and in Bradford.
Amazon will decide next year.