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Cities vie to host Amazon’s new HQ
October 8, 2017, 5:13 pm
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As North American cities vie for the chance to be chosen by Amazon as the home for its second headquarters, one city in the state of Georgia has offered to change its name to Amazon if the company agrees to build its headquarters there.

The city council of Stonecrest, Georgia voted 4 to 2 last week to change its name to Amazon, Georgia and give the company 345 acres of land if Amazon selects it as the HQ destination.

Though Amazon, Georgia may not have the same ring as say, Toyota City in Japan, it definitely makes for a more unique offer in a competition that has drawn bids from cities across the US. “While there are several major US cities that want Amazon, none offer the branding opportunity that we are now offering this visionary company,” said Stonecrest’s mayor, Jason Lary.

And it is exactly the kind of romantic proposal Amazon wants to hear. The company is asking cities to provide incentives like tax credits, fee reductions, relocation grants and more in order to become the second headquarters. The offer by Stonecrest definitely falls under the ‘and more’ category.  Amazon’s home remains Seattle, Washington, which would seem to take at least that one state out of the running for the second headquarters.

Rebadging itself as Amazon, Georgia is exactly the differentiator that the tiny city of Stonecrest, which was formed just last year and has a population of 20,000, desperately needs if it has any hope of competing against the likes of big cities like New York, Dallas, and others that are bidding for the headquarters..

Amazon said it expects eventually to bring as many as 50,000 jobs and invest as much as $5 billion in whichever location it chooses. The online retail giant has set October 19th as the deadline for accepting proposals for its second headquarters.

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