Although it is at the stage of draft, the announcement of Amazon should quickly hit in the municipalities: if the group has a preference for a large city of over one million inhabitants is close to an global airport, the location as such is of little importance.
"Let's hold with what we have, and let's keep Amazon here, and if they want to set up a second satellite in a different city in a different state, that might be a sensible thing to do", Moon said.
Amazon said it was seeking proposals by October 19 and would select the location next year.
In a news release, the e-commerce giant said it expects to invest more than $5 billion in construction, and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. This may explain why Amazon's RFP says the company is looking for "a stable and business friendly" environment, which is what you want after you destabilize your current environment and generate hostility.
Today, Amazon employs an estimated 40,000 employees in their home office just North of Seattle's downtown area. "Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is one of them; he pushed a $15 minimum wage law that has cost the poorest the most, and won a tax hike on higher earners earlier this summer".
Mayor Mike Rawlings thinks southern Dallas would fit the bill, according to D Magazine.
Amazon has started a bidding war, but the list of requirements for the newest headquarters is extensive.
Chicago: "Chicago's unmatched workforce, world-class universities and unparalleled access to destinations throughout the world make it the ideal headquarters location for companies large and small", mayoral spokesman Grant Klinzman told the Chicago Sun-Times. The city claiming its led corporate relocations for the past four years and has the infrastructure to get anywhere in the world.
"Michigan's wealth of talent and a vastly improved business climate have perfectly positioned our state to become home to Amazon's next North American headquaters". Wisconsin's legislature recently voted to give Taiwanese manufacturer a $3-billion incentive package to build a $10-billion liquid crystal display factory in the state, for example.
Incentives for Amazon's new headquarters could make sense as a long-term investment that could change the image of a metropolitan area, said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist for the Progressive Policy Institute, a liberal think tank. "Look forward to submitting a proposal!"
In documentation of its request for cities to bid for the project, Amazon said: "We want to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit". "[The] District is open for business and provides the amenities and talented workforce to be a competitive location for major tech firms".
He pointed out that Jersey City, for example, would fit all of the criteria that Amazon is seeking in its RFP, and that it already employs almost 2,000 people in its fulfilment center in Robinson. It is already the eighth-largest U.S. employer.
The municipal casting call is reminiscent of Google's 2010 search for cities in which to roll out its high-speed fiber-optic cable, Google Fiber. But based on the requirements the company released when asking for proposals, Denver could be the flawless match for the headquarters too.