Orlando will compete with major cities across the country to persuade Amazon to build its second headquarters in the City Beautiful.

Since the Seattle-based retail and tech giant announced last week that it is searching for a North American location for its “Amazon HQ2,” cities like Boston, Dallas, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Miami and Washington D.C. have all expressed interest.

The city is working with the Orlando Economic Partnership to submit a proposal.

“We believe we have multiple sites that would be attractive to Amazon and are excited about what this opportunity would mean for our community and economy,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Orlando is a hub for growth and innovation with a strong and talented workforce that positions us well to be the next headquarter location for Amazon.”

Amazon will spend $5 billion on the new campus and hire as many as 50,000 employees.

But the new headquarters will come with a cost. Amazon has asked for tax breaks and other incentives in its request for proposals, which are due Oct. 19.

Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy. 

In its request for proposals, Amazon is looking for a location with proximity to a major airport, a population center of at least a million people, and ample housing and mass transit.

Central Florida has lured several major corporations to place their headquarters in the region, including AAA, Darden Restaurants, and Tupperware Brands Corporation.

Amazon is currently building a 2.4 million-square-foot warehouse near Lake Nona that will bring 1,500 jobs to Orlando next year.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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