When Amazon dropped the bombshell of their plans to select a North American city to build their second corporate headquarters on, it was assumed that only major cities in the U.S. and Canada would seriously present proposals to host the e-commerce juggernaut.
"There are several major USA cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company", said Jason Lary, the mayor of Stonecrest, Ga. Stonecrest will also be competing with nearby Atlanta, which is planning to submit its own response to Amazon's request for proposals. "If Amazon wants the talent pool, infrastructure, and services that a big city provides, NY (metro area) is very well-positioned to land HQ2".
While the prospect of having a headquarters located in a city named after the company is intriguing, Amazon has certain things it is looking for in its future home.
In addition to renaming the city, the Stonecrest City Council voted to de-annex 345 acres of land, which is nearly double the 175 acres Amazon says it would need for its new headquarters, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
Amazon, Georgia, could become a reality.
Cities and towns around the country are scrambling to make their pitch to Amazon by October 19, and they're pulling out all the stops to lure in the company. To sweeten the deal, they are taking a page from the Japanese city formerly known as Koromo, renamed since 1959 to Toyota after Toyota Motors which has several manufacturing plants in that area.
Boston ranks at number 4 on the list, getting relatively high marks for its labor force and the ease of transportation, but scoring lower for the cost of doing business.
In related news, in recent weeks a couple from the United States plead guilty to swindling electronics worth $1.2 million from the retail giant. Amazon then sent replacements, which were sold to someone else involved in the criminal scheme.