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Amazon Announces Plans for Huge New North America Headquarters


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Construction last year to expand the Amazon campus in Seattle. The company is looking for a second site, to be called “HQ2.”

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Amazon said on Thursday that it was searching for a second headquarters in North America, a huge new development that would cost as much as $5 billion to build and run, and would house as many as 50,000 employees.

The online retail giant, which is based in Seattle, listed a series of requirements for the new location, including a city that has a population greater than one million, “a stable and business-friendly environment,” and a location that was able to attract and retain workers. The company is calling the development “HQ2.”

“We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, said in a statement. “Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We’re excited to find a second home.”

The company said it was looking for proposals for its new site, which it said could have a similar layout to its Seattle headquarters, including an urban or downtown campus.

Amazon has been growing rapidly in recent years. The company now has more than 382,000 employees globally. In January, it vowed to create 100,000 jobs in the United States over the next 18 months. It increased its domestic work force to more than 180,000 employees at the end of 2016, from 30,000 in 2011.

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