Kansas City to pursue new Amazon HQ2 project - KCTV5

Kansas City to pursue new Amazon HQ2 project

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/CNN) -

Kansas City has announced its intentions to aggressively pursue the newly announced Amazon HQ2 project. 

Amazon on Thursday announced plans to open a second headquarters in North America. Dubbed "HQ2," the facility will cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate and will employ as many as 50,000 workers. 

Amazon's original headquarters is in Seattle. The company said that location has brought in an additional $38 billion in investments to the local economy since opening in 2010.

Amazon said it's giving priority to metropolitan cities with more than one million people. They will be looking for access to an international airport and mass transit, as well. 

There's a lot of buzz surrounding the city's bid for the new headquarters. 

In a news release, the city said it has "multiple sites" that could host the new development. 

“Kansas City has a great workforce and an excellent cost of living that would be attractive to any national company,” said City Manager Troy Schulte. “Add in our tech and Smart City infrastructure, plus jazz, fountains, BBQ and a thriving creative scene, and we think Amazon will take a good look at KC.”  

Schulte added that he's directed city staff to start planning potential bids across Kansas City. 

"We're hopefully going to deliver a brand new terminal," he said. "In 2021 is a time horizon, given Amazon's construction period. They might be able to open simultaneously and so they would have state-of-the-art facilities to be able to get them anywhere they need to go."

Kansas City Mayor Sly James also said the city will "compete" for the location. 

"We are, in my opinion, the perfect location," said he said. "We have the land. We have the workforce, right in middle of the country."

"We are on a mission to make Missouri a best-in-class state to do business. We’ve taken bold action, and we’re getting results," said Governor Eric Greitens. "Now, Missouri can compete with any state in the nation to win quality jobs for Missouri families, and we compete for every job. This is an exciting opportunity, and we're going to fight to win."

Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach said, "Metropolitan Kansas City has a talented, educated and appealing work force from a population that exceeds two million residents. I truly believe that working through the Kansas City Area Development Council, and our two-state and multiple local government representatives, this area provides an exceptional opportunities that makes us a viable, competitive and attractive prospect for Amazon."

"A major employer such as Amazon would benefit the entire region through employment, investments and economic impact," Gerlach said. "Overland Park and the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce each stand ready to work with our metropolitan partners to consider and address this economically impactful proposition."

Bids are due October 19 and Amazon is expected to make their decision next year.

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