The announcement, made this week, had not specified the exact location. “We’re excited to find a second home ” Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon, said in a statement. What we know is fact they are focusing on metropolitan areas with more than 1 million people. Amazon is even considering Canada and Mexico. Toronto, where it is easier to hire foreign workers than in the United States, could be a top contender for Amazon’s new headquarters, according to analysts.
Amazon headquarters in Seattle
However New Jersey, South Florida, Northern Virginia, Atlanta are also attractive areas in the U.S. Among the criteria it will consider, Amazon says, are tax exemptions and other incentives, including relocation grants and fee reductions. Amazon said it will give priority to existing buildings that are at least 500,000 square feet and undeveloped sites that measure about 100 acres. Bids for the new offices are due by Oct. 19, and the company said it expected to announce its choice next year. The economic impact of being home to a new Amazon headquarters would be considerable for that area. “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 company said.