Atlanta is on the shortlist of 20 cities to land 50,000 jobs to host Amazon’s newest North American Headquarters.
It is not known what kind of tax incentives will be used to lure the retail giant to Atlanta. Other major cities like Newark, NJ is also competing to land the new Amazon center. New Jersey’s Governor is said to be offering $7 billion in tax incentives to Amazon. The 20 cities along with their respective state leaders are keeping they are offering in tax incentives somewhat of a secret from one another.
238 locations initially made bids, hoping to attract the billions of dollars in investment, and 20 made the short list including tech-savvy areas such as Boston, Austin, and northern Virginia along with Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles,
Newly elected Atlanta Mayor, Keshia Bottoms thanked Governor Nathan Deal and former Atlanta Mayor Kaseem Reed in a press conference on Thursday, along with other state leaders, on their commitment to market Atlanta’s assets to secure the Amazon.
Mayor Bottoms credited the metro area’s large talent base including more than 1 million people with high-level post-secondary education, such as Emory and Georgia Teach, along with crediting Atlanta’s nimble workforce as a major asset to attract Amazone to the Atlanta area. Mayor Bottoms also gave credit to Atlanta’s commitment to expand MARTA’s transportation system in addition to Atlanta’s international airport, which can reach 80 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product centers within a 2-hour flight.
Atlanta’s growing tech-sector was also mentioned as another tangible asset to attract not just Amazon, but increasing the “start-up” entrepreneurship opportunities throughout the city’s economy.
Governor Nathan Deal has made economic development the top priority of his administration and stated the following about Atlanta being on the top 20 list:
“We are excited to learn that Atlanta has been included on Amazon’s short list,” said Deal. “This has been a cooperative effort by the entire region, and we truly believe that Metro Atlanta has the talent, transit, and logistics that provides the best location for Amazon’s second headquarters. We look forward to the next steps, and making sure our region remains at the top of the list.”
Amazon says it will spend $5 billion in selected the area where it will build its second headquarters and will employ 50,000. The company expects to make a final decision this year.