(BALTIMORE) — Last week, Seattle-based e-commerce giant Amazon announced a search for a U.S. site for its second headquarters, HQ2. With the prospect of 50,000 new jobs at stake, Baltimore – and Maryland – quickly threw their hats into the ring.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stated in a news release that the company expects “HQ2 to be a full equal” to their Seattle headquarters. That means billions of dollars in investments and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs.
As for potential locations in the Baltimore area for Amazon’s HQ2, Port Covington is the front-runner. Other potential locations include Old Town Mall, MetroWest, State Center and Westport.
In addition to having the ideal site, the other piece of the proposal to Amazon is selling the city itself. Applicants like Baltimore need to prove that they not only have the best location for the new Amazon headquarters, but that it can produce enough qualified workers and offer employees a quality place to live.
Proposals are due Oct. 19. Amazon plans to choose a location for HQ2 next year.
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