Cities are going all out to attract Amazon’s new second headquarters. The HQ2 as it is being called is attracting bids from cities around the country. The city council of Stonecrest, Georgia (just outside Atlanta) has even voted to de-annex a portion of its land to give to Amazon as a new “Amazon City” should the e-commerce company locate there. Mark Niesse of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes:
The city’s resolution asks the Georgia General Assembly to form the city of Amazon on that land, located off Lithonia Industrial Boulevard and Coffee Road in DeKalb County.
“There are several major U.S. cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company,” said Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary. “How could you not want your 21st century headquarters to be located in a city named Amazon?”
Amazon is seeking a 175-acre site located near an international airport, public transit and high quality of living. Lary said he hopes MARTA expands rail service to Stonecrest.
The proposed city of Amazon could enter into an agreement with the city of Stonecrest to provide city services, he said.
Stonecrest officials plan to submit a bid for Amazon’s HQ2 by the company’s Oct. 19 deadline.
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