Georgia city will rename itself 'Amazon' if company moves headquarters there

Pauline Gross
October 5, 2017

Amazon is now choosing a location to base its second headquarters in, and as biz-hungry cities across North America hope and pray to be the the chosen one a city in Georgia has proven particularly thirsty.

The resolution calls for the state to formally name the ceded land Amazon, Georgia.

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.

"There have been many efforts to handicap the race for HQ2, but few have taken seriously what Amazon and other corporate headquarters really value in a potential site", the report reads.

The city of Stonecrest is relatively new as it only incorporated earlier this year. And they have proven more willing than ever to offer big benefit packages to major companies that are willing to relocate to their jurisdictions. In return, Amazon promised to bring up to 50,000 jobs, which would of course generate lots of lovely secondary employment.

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"There are several major USA cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company", said Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary.

"We have all of those qualities as well with MARTA rail planned to our community, interstate improvements under way and a highly-educated work force eager to see the company locate here", Lary said. Stonecrest will also be competing with nearby Atlanta, which is planning to submit its own response to Amazon's request for proposals.

Researchers with the Chicago-based Anderson Economic Group have ranked cities "at the top of Amazon's wishlist" - and Philly did ... pretty OK. Bids for a site for Amazon's HQ2 are due to the Seattle-based retailer by October 19. The project is estimated to cost $5 billion but would create around 50,000 "high-paying" jobs in the area where it is built.

This is a developing story.

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