In August, Amazon announced it would solicit bids to review potential locations for its second headquarters. But in a short FAQ, the agency says no formal incentives or new tax breaks have been offered to Amazon, though the application does include a list of existing financial benefits state and local governments provide businesses.
Countless cities across the country are vying for the bid, but McAuliffe has said he thinks Virginia Beach has the best chance to win based off its port and appeal to millennials.
"We are a viable candidate for this and other opportunities like this", Ennis said. "The Lake County Council encourages Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Northwest Indiana".
"I felt like it was possible", McDermott said.
"What happens when everyone is equal, is people have to figure out a way to differentiate themselves", said Kim Saxton, a marketing professor at the IU Kelley School of Business. "The idea proposes an array of site choices that will make up the campus Amazon is looking for, which can be acquired and cleared for new construction as well as utilizing existing historic and architecturally significant buildings along the majestic Blackstone River".
Details are not being released yet due to the competitive nature of the selection process, but GRE Interim president and CEO Matt Hurlbutt says they feel this Western NY region can be very competitive. "Gary boasts the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a part of the National Park Service; historic architecture; a Big 10 university; and affordable real estate", said Freeman-Wilson, in a statement. Amazon expects to hire up to 50,000 employees for its new headquarters, and is already struggling to fill all its existing jobs, with 3,000 technology positions now open, Mr. Thomson said.
"We also have an added feature". The mayor tweeted "WE WANT AMAZON".