Amazon has received 238 applications from cities across North America to host its new headquarters, the e-commerce group said on Monday, showing far higher demand for its HQ2 than had been anticipated.
Cities across the US, Canada, Mexico and even hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico are vying for what Amazon has said could be a $5bn investment and as many as 50,000 jobs — with an average annual salary of about $100,000 — over the next 15 to 17 years.
Mayors and governors from Colorado and Texas to Massachusetts and Washington DC are eager to attract the white-collar tech workers and many more service jobs that Amazon’s so-called “sister campus” to its Seattle headquarters might create.
Based on a map published on Amazon’s website on Monday, just seven US states made no applications — including Hawaii, Montana and Walmart’s home state of Arkansas. Mexico’s three bidders included Chihuahua, while Vancouver, Toronto and Waterloo were among several Canadian entries.
The total included “238 proposals from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America”, Amazon said on its HQ2 page, without naming them all.